As students prepare for another school year, parents also need to prepare for different situations, including bullying.
David Kalergis, Lowcountry Family and Children therapist, told WCBD the best thing parents can do is have an open conversation with their child about bullying.
“Ask them what do you do if you are being bullied or see another kid being bullied,” said Kalergis.
He says the problem is most students are too embarrassed to report or admit they have been bullied. Not having the conversation can lead to long term health problems.
Kalergis says bullying is more common in middle school and high school. Three common types of bullying include: verbal, social, and physical. Cyberbullying is also very common these days.
“It can lead to self harming behavior, such as suicidal thoughts, destructive behavior, running away, and dropping grades,” said Lowcountry Family and Children therapist David Kalergis.
A bullied student may have new cuts and bruises, diminished appetite, frequent isolation from friends and family, and nightmares.