Quiet Bullying: How is it different from other forms of Bullying

Updated: Feb. 15, 2023 at 11:15 AM EST
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Quiet Bullying • Being left out of group chats, not invited/left out of after school plans and overall exclusion/socially excluding • Not as obvious • More subtle, covert bullying. • Often harder to detect • More difficult to generate evidence and prove Shouldn't my kid be included and invited to all activities? • No child or adult included all the time • Even the most well liked or well adjusted can feel left out at some point in time • Is it intentional or simply left out this one time? Clinical implications of bullying: • Decrease in academic performance • Decrease self esteem • Anxiety • Depression and can lead to suicidal thoughts What parents might see and what to look out for: • Changes in your child's temperament or behavior • Changes in their online habits • Changes in friendships What parents can do about it (tips and ideas): • Communicate with your child. If notice any behavior changes, ask you child questions to open the dialogue • Be there for your child, really listen and empathize without judgment and validate their feelings. • Make home that safe space. • Don't take away their phone although it seems like a fitting thing to do • Have at home discussions about friendships • Let your child know it is ok to say something if they notice bullying behavior. • Remain calm. • Know when to seek further support