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  • Writer's pictureAsk Joseph Bonner

5 signs your child may be a bully

As a responsible parent, it's important to be aware of your child's behavior and potential signs that they may be engaging in bullying at school. Here are five signs that your child may be exhibiting bullying behavior:

1. Aggressive or Dominating Behavior: If your child frequently displays aggressive behavior, such as physical violence, verbal threats, or intimidation towards their peers, it could be an indication that they are bullying others.

2. Lack of Empathy: A lack of empathy is a common trait observed in bullies. If your child consistently demonstrates a lack of concern for the feelings or well-being of others, shows little remorse for their actions, or disregards the impact of their behavior on others, it may suggest they are engaging in bullying.

3. Blaming Others: Bullies often try to shift blame onto their victims or others to avoid taking responsibility for their actions. If your child consistently blames others for conflicts or incidents that occur at school without accepting any accountability, it could be a sign they are involved in bullying.

4. Increased Agitation or Anger: If you notice that your child becomes easily agitated, angry, or frustrated, particularly after school or when discussing their interactions with peers, it may indicate that they are engaging in bullying behavior and are feeling defensive or guilty about their actions.

5. Unexplained Power or Control Issues: Bullies often seek power and control over others. If your child frequently exhibits a desire to control situations, manipulate others, or boss their peers around, it could be a warning sign that they are bullying others at school.

It's important to remember that these signs alone may not definitively indicate that your child is a bully. However, if you observe a consistent pattern of these behaviors, it's crucial to address the issue promptly. Open communication, active listening, and seeking professional guidance from a school counselor or therapist can help in understanding and addressing the underlying causes of bullying behavior.

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