Bully vs. Bullied: Know the Difference

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. In order to prevent bullying, it’s important to understand the warning signs. Children don’t always tell caregivers or adults exactly how they feel, and troubled children, in particular, tend to hide their struggles. Since children spend most of their time at school, it’s hard to know for sure what they’re going through.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 1 in 5 students is bullied, so it’s important for caregivers to be on the lookout for the tell-tale signs of bullying. We’ve researched some of the differences between bullies and those who are the victim of bullying.

A child that is being bullied may have:

  • Unexplainable injuries or bruises
  • Lost or destroyed belongings
  • Frequent headaches or stomach aches
  • Changes in eating habits, like suddenly skipping meals or binge eating
  • Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares
  • A loss of interest in schoolwork or avoidance of school
  • Sudden lack of social activity
  • Decreased self-esteem
  • Self-destructive behaviors, such as running away from home, self-harm, or talk of suicide

A child that is bullying others may:

  • Get into physical or verbal altercations
  • Have friends that are bullies
  • Act increasingly aggressive towards others
  • Get sent to the principal’s office or detention frequently
  • Have unexplained extra money
  • Blame others or the world for their problems
  • Refuse to accept responsibility for their actions
  • Worry about their reputation or popularity

Dealing with bullying is never easy. If you need help reaching out to a school’s administration on a child’s behalf, use this template provided by the PACER National Bullying Prevention Center.

At Carter Mario Law Firm, we’ve taken the pledge to prevent bullying. Now, it’s your turn! Take the pledge here.