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At a Glance: Signs of Bullying in Grade School

By Lexi Walters Wright

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Grade-schoolers are just getting the hang of making friends. But bullies can destroy their social efforts and their self-esteem. This is especially true for kids with learning and attention issues. Learn the signs of bullying in grade school.

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At a Glance: Signs of Bullying in Grade School

It’s a sad truth that kids with learning and attention issues are at greater risk of being bullied. Learn how to recognize the signs of bullying in grade school.

Physical
What might be happening:
Every day on the bus, the boy who sits behind your child pulls her hair. When she struggles to get o the bus, he pushes her from behind.
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, she says she has a stomachache and has to stay home.

Verbal
What might be happening:
Each time your child’s resource room teacher arrives to collect her, a girl at her table whispers, “See you later, dummy.”
What you might be seeing:
Your child says the resource group doesn’t help and she doesn’t want to go. The general education teacher says your child rarely raises her hand and doesn’t speak much in groups.

Social Isolation
What might be happening:
A girl on the soccer team is spreading a rumor that the only reason your child made the cut is because the coach felt bad for her.
What you might be seeing:
Your child asks to quit soccer, even though she worked hard to make the team. When you ask why, she looks down and shrugs.
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About the Author

Portrait of Lexi Walters Wright

Lexi Walters Wright is a veteran writer and editor who helps parents make more informed choices for their children and for themselves.

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Portrait of Bob Cunningham

Bob Cunningham, Ed.M., serves as advisor-in-residence on learning and attention issues for Understood.

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