BULLYING. A topic we can't ignore.
St. Johns County is honored to welcome the leading Parenting and Bullying Expert and author of over 24 parenting books, Dr. Michele Borba to the World Golf Village as part of the Community Empowerment Series.
Saturday, March 9th, doors open at 9:00am - FREE event - online registration recommended.
What are some signs your child is being bullied according to Dr. Borba?
- Unexplained and reoccurring physical marks, cuts, bruises and scrapes
- Unexplained loss or damage of toys, school supplies, electronic items, clothing, lunches, or money
- Doesn’t want to go to school or other activities with peers
- Fears riding the school bus
- Afraid to be left alone: wants you there at dismissal, suddenly clingy
- Suddenly sullen, withdrawn, evasive; remarks about feeling lonely
- Marked changed in typical behavior or personality
- Appears sad, moody, angry, anxious or depressed and that mood lasts with no known cause
- Physical complaints; headaches, stomachaches, frequent visits the school nurse’s office
- Change in eating or sleeping; nightmares, cries self to sleep, bed wetting
- Begins bullying siblings or younger kids. Bullied children can sometimes flip their role and become the bully
- Waits to get home to use the bathroom. School and park bathrooms-because they are often not adult supervised-can be hot spots for bullying.
- Suddenly there are fewer friends or doesn’t want to be with the “regular group”
- Ravenous when he comes home. (Bullies can use extortion to steal a victim’s lunch money or lunch)
- Sudden drop in grades. Bullying can cause a child to have difficulty focusing and concentrating
- Blames self for problems; noticeable decline in self-esteem; feels “not good enough”
- Talks about feeling helpless or about suicide; runs away
Watch the video below and listen to Dr. Borba.
“Peer pressure and bullying are problems all school districts contend with. We have the opportunity to be proactive in our approach to solutions”, stated Superintendent Dr. Joseph Joyner, who will be introducing Borba at the event. “Parents, teachers, support staff and students will all benefit from hearing Dr. Borba’s tips on how to present these issues."
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