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We’ve identified 16 signs that a youth is being bullied. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list.

  1. Unexplained injuries, cuts or scrapes
  2. Hair messed up or cut in an unusual way
  3. Unexplainable loss or destruction of property including clothes, cell, books or other possessions
  4. Is fearful of using previous modes of transportation to school (e.g., school bus)
  5. Insists that a trusted adult is on hand when school ends
  6. Complains of illness including generalized stomach aches or headaches
  7. Sudden and large changes in food consumption from avoiding food to ravenous consumption (lunch may have been stolen or destroyed by others)
  8. Nightmares, sleeping disturbances, new bed wetting, crying
  9. Swift decrease in school performance and grades
  10. Loss of interest in going to school, school activities or extracurricular activities
  11. Avoids toilets at school; waits until at the home toilet
  12. Unusual avoidance of social interactions
  13. Expressed or unexpressed (but observed) decline in self worth or self esteem
  14. Expresses (in words, journal, online) feelings of helplessness or hopelessness
  15. Self-harming behaviors
  16. Bullies others who are younger or perceived to be weaker
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Dr. Chris Downs has devoted much of his professional career to improving services and outcomes for older, at-risk youth. Chris is President of The Downs Group LLC, based in Seattle and has the pleasure of working with many talented professionals in child welfare and allied areas including his company Associates.