With students back in school, educators are focussing on their students being more active online, especially social media, which could lead to cyberbullying.
The Lewis-Palmer district is meeting with its staff and teachers to alert to the signs they could see in their students.
“We want parents to be aware that there are resources in our school district that can help with cyberbullying and sometimes it’s a matter of bringing forward the concern that’s about ‘I need help with my child and to protect my child versus trying to look for a blame or answer in someone else’,” said Karen Brofft, superintendent of schools for District 38.
Here are some more indicators of cyberbullying and bullying.
- Frequent headaches or stomach aches, feeling sick or faking illness
- Changes in eating habits, like suddenly skipping meals or binge eating.
- Kids may come home from school hungry because they did not eat lunch.
- Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares
- Declining grades
- Loss of interest in schoolwork, or not wanting to go to school
- Sudden loss of friends or avoidance of social situations
- Feelings of helplessness or decreased self-esteem
- Self-destructive behaviors such as running away from home, harming themselves, or talking about suicide.
Go to www.stopbullying.gov for more information.