Signs of Bullying in Grade School

ByLexi Walters Wright

Kids who learn and think differently are more likely to be bullied. When kids are picked on or made fun of, it can have a lifelong impact. Here are signs of bullying to watch out for.


What might be happening: Every day on the bus, a student pulls your child’s hair from behind. When kids are getting on the bus, the student pushes your child out of line.

What you might be seeing: Your child begs to be driven to and from school each day without telling you why. When you say no, your child asks to stay home because of a stomachache.


What might be happening: Each time your child’s resource room teacher enters the class, another student whispers, “See you later, dummy.”

What you might be seeing: Your child says the resource group doesn’t help and your child doesn’t want to go. The teacher says your child rarely raises a hand and doesn’t speak much in groups.

Social Isolation

What might be happening: A player on the youth soccer team is spreading a rumor. The players says the only reason your child made the team is because the coach felt bad for your child.

What you might be seeing: Your child asks to quit soccer, even after working hard to make the team. When you ask why, your child looks down and shrugs.

Find out what to do if you think your child is being bullied. Then, check out a one-page fact sheet on bullying that you can share with others.

    Tell us what interests you


    About the author

    About the author

    Lexi Walters Wright is the former Community Manager at Understood. As a writer and editor, she helps parents make more informed choices for their children and for themselves.

    Reviewed by

    Reviewed by

    Bob Cunningham, EdM serves as executive director of learning development at Understood.