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Lately, your child has been coming back from school sad and hiding in their room before lunch. They often have a headache or stomach ache and don't want to go to school at all. But your child won't say anything when you try to talk to them. Could it be because of bullying at school?

Unfortunately, bullying among high school students is a major problem that affects many children. Parents of those affected often feel helpless and do not know how to help their child.

Here you can find out more about bullying at school and how you can recognize possible signs in good time. Take action so that you can help your child and make them no longer a victim.

How to spot bullying in school

There are different forms of bullying in school. It usually starts with verbal insults, which can increase to physical abuse. Here and there a violent shoving up to fights in which several bullies hit and kick a single victim. Both verbal and physical abuse can create serious psychological problems for the victim of bullying.

As your child becomes increasingly isolated from you and the rest of the world, this can be the first sign that your child is a victim of bullying at school. Your child doesn't feel like doing anything anymore, but prefers to hide in his room alone and, if so, only come out to eat. The contact with important friends gradually breaks off and all interest in activities outside of your own four walls seems to be lost.

Even if your child suddenly no longer feels like going to school and has a stomachache or headache, you should pay attention. Do the school grades suddenly deteriorate? These two occurrences could also be signs that your child is a victim of school bullying. In the worst case, it can come to the point that the victims lose all interest in life because they simply no longer know what to do.

So watch out for changes in your child and don't turn a blind eye to them.

You can do that against bullying!

Very important: talk to your child! Be careful and take care of your child. Ask if they have any problems at school and how you can help. But don't give up if the child blocks your first attempt. Most victims of school bullying do not want to talk to anyone out of shame, but rather eat their fear into themselves. Ultimately, this means that the perpetrators can act for a long time in many cases and the bullying gets worse and worse. Mental health problems are the consequence for victims of school bullying. Therefore, if you have the slightest suspicion, approach your child and be sure to give him your help! Tell him that you will do everything in your power to help your child and take action against the perpetrators.

When your child finally confides in you, ask them exactly how they are being bullied and who the perpetrators are. Is there only one perpetrator or is there several? Write down the names of the children and inform the school administration of the incident.

In the next step, you should talk to the school management and the parents of the perpetrators. They must now take action and make their children aware of the injustice and the terrible effects of bullying in school. In many cases, this type of communication helps to get bullying under control.

But if the interview with the parents doesn't help either, threaten legal action and call in a lawyer. However, this should always be the very last step.

You can find help at the children's and youth emergency service, telephone number: 0800 4786111, office hours around the clock.