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At a Glance: Signs of Bullying in Middle School

By Lexi Walters Wright

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Middle school can be a tricky time for making and keeping friends. Bullies can tear down a child’s self-esteem and make socializing even harder. Learn how kids with learning and attention issues might experience bullying in middle school.

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At a Glance: Signs of Bullying in Middle School

Middle-schoolers with learning and attention issues can be more susceptible to bullying than their peers. Learn about the different types of bullying and signs to look out for.

Physical
What might be happening: Every morning, when the bell rings and the hall monitors are gone, a boy trips your son near his locker.
What you might be seeing: You notice some bruises, and he says he tripped. But he also seems fearful and asks if he can skip going on the class overnight trip.

Verbal
What might be happening: Whenever your child is called to the board to solve math problems, a girl groans. She says things like, “Well, this will take all day...”
What you might be seeing: Your child keeps saying he’s stupid and starts avoiding doing homework. His teachers report that he’s not participating much in his classes.

Social Isolation
What might be happening: Every day at lunch your child goes from table to table looking for a seat. A boy says loudly, “Stop bothering us. Don’t you have any friends?”
What you might be seeing: Your child comes home every day with his lunch uneaten. He says he wasn’t hungry. But really, he spent his lunch period alone in the library.

Cyber
What might be happening: Every time your child logs onto Facebook, a classmate has posted rude messages on his wall.
What you might be seeing: Your child is sad and quiet when he’s home after school. He stays in his room until he’s called down to dinner. And then he doesn’t say much at the table.
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About the Author

Portrait of Lexi Walters Wright

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

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Portrait of Sheldon Horowitz

Sheldon H. Horowitz, Ed.D., is senior director of learning resources and research at the National Center for Learning Disabilities.

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