Indicators of Bullying


Indicators may include:

  • Unexplained injuries, bruising or damaged clothing
  • Absenteeism that is too frequent and may involve skipping school
  • Belongings or money that mysteriously disappears
  • Appearing anxious or fearful
  • Withdrawal from family or peer group
  • Uncharacteristic difficulty completing school work
  • Trouble sleeping, nightmares
  • Reluctance to go to school or ride the bus to school
  • Reluctance to take part in other activities
  • Complaints of feeling unwell (headaches or stomach aches)
  • Apathy or depression
  • Low self-esteem
  • Being hungry after school
  • Crying at night or in secret
  • Threats to hurt themselves

Indicators that a young person is engaging in bullying behaviour may include:

  • Aggression with parents, siblings, pets and friends
  • Easily frustrated and quick to anger
  • Low concern for others’ feelings
  • Bossy and manipulative behaviour
  • Positive view of aggression
  • Not recognizing impact of behaviour on others
  • Unexplained articles or money
  • Secretive about possessions and activities
  • Friends who bully and are aggressive