As parents, we often have to interpret our children’s unusual actions, particularly when kids are unable—or unwilling—to tell us what’s wrong. Bullying is one issue that students might have trouble talking about. However, it’s important to know how to recognize warning signs of bullying, and to know what to do if you or your student notices any signs of bullying in school.
National surveys indicate that as many as half of all children are bullied during their school years. Whether the bullying is physical or verbal, in person or online, it’s a growing problem with an unhealthy emotional impact for both the bully and the victim.
Twenty-three percent of parents with students at Connections Academy® schools nationwide say they turned to virtual school because of bullying, according to the annual parent satisfaction survey. Another 36% of parents switched their child to online school because they were seeking a safe learning environment.