Signs That Indicate Your Child is A Bully

No parent wants to believe that their child who they raised to the best of their ability could possibly bully or physically hurt another person, but it happens. While it has been shown that many children who bully or resort to violence in school have come from a background of abuse, there are many children who bully in spite of having been raised in loving homes.
If you’re wondering if your child is a bully in school, then there are a few signs that may help you answer the question. Children and especially teens are great at hiding things that they don’t want you to know and are unlikely to just fess up, so use these warning signs to help you determine whether or not your child is a bully.

The Signs

No two people in the world are exactly alike, but there are certain characteristics that can be seen in many children and teens who bully others. Here are the signs you should look for.

  • A child or teen who bullies often sees violence in a romanticized and positive light. They may think that fighting and violence is somehow “cool” and will make references to such without a second thought.
  • If your child often seems frustrated or becomes frustrated easily then you could have a bully or potential bully on your hands.
  • Dominance is something else that needs to be watched in your child or teen. If your child often tries to dominate those around him/her then there is a chance that they are showing that same dominance at school over other students and sometimes even teachers.
  • If your child has a bad temper and seems to fly off the handle easily then they are likely also blowing up at school. Tempers can easily flare and lead to violence if someone doesn’t know how to deal with anger or frustration.
  • A child who is constantly getting into trouble and doesn’t seem to follow rules is likely to bully others and even become violent. If your child gets into trouble regularly for things like skipping class, fighting or disrespecting his teachers then bullying is likely in the mix or on the horizon.
  • While this sign may not indicate bullying in the more common sense, it is a warning sign that cannot be ignored as it can lead to violent behaviour that endangers the welfare of others or even themselves. That sign is anti-social behaviour.

If you have noticed any of these signs and suspect that your child may be a bully then you need to take action and that starts with speaking to your child about what you’ve noticed. Sometimes just talking to your child and giving them the chance to express themselves makes all the difference in the world.