If You Suspect Your Child is Bullying Others

Finding out that your child has bullied another person can be very difficult. The first step is to admit your child behaved in this way. Some parents may have difficulty accepting this because they have not seen their child behave in this way. Some parents may be concerned that they will be blamed for their child’s conduct. Despite these concerns, it is very important for parents to deal with their child’s behavior. Bullying is not harmful just to the victims. A child who bullies others also has an increased chance for problems, including:

• Higher risk for engaging in risky and criminal behavior as adults;
• Higher risk for substance abuse;
• Higher risk of being disciplined at school, which can include suspension, expulsion and other measures;
• Missing or dropping out of school;
• Poor grades; and
• Developing an inability to empathize and interact with others

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