Watch out for these red flags.

By Alicia Barney
June 12, 2017

More than a quarter of U.S. students have experienced bullying. And of course you want to know if your child is one of them so you can help. Not good at mind reading? Experts say the best way to find out if your child is being mistreated is to cultivate an open relationship so he or she will talk to you when something’s wrong, and to watch out for warning signs.

If there is a problem, listen carefully before taking action, says Stan Davis, a bullying researcher and former school counselor. “Stay calm,” he says. “We found in our national research that kids said the most valuable thing adults did for me after I was bullied was just to listen to me.” Ask what happened, how many times, what your child thinks about it and how bothered he or she is. If the issue is serious, take it up with a teacher, counselor or principal.

There are no surefire signs of bullying—if only it were that easy—since many factors can explain a behavior. But paying attention to these common cues could help you spot a problem.

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