Why Bullies Target Struggling Students

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Tips on Why Bullies Target Struggling Students

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – Soon-to-be First Lady Melania Trump said in her interview with “60 Minutes” that bullying—and more specifically, cyberbullying—is something she wants to speak out against. It’s an issue that is particularly common among students with learning struggles and special needs. That’s why personal brain training company LearningRx is sharing tips on why bullies target struggling students—and some signs and symptoms to look for in your child. Here are some highlights from the article:

 

How often are kids with learning struggles targets of bullying?

According to Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center, children with disabilities were two to three times more likely to be bullied than their nondisabled peers. One study even found that 60 percent of students with disabilities reported being bullied regularly (vs. only 25 percent of all students).

 

Why are kids with learning struggles common targets of bullying?

These children can easily get caught in an endless cycle: They’re bullied because their low self-esteem (and perhaps poor performance in school) makes them easy targets, and their fear of being bullied can cause them to avoid school, participate less in class or develop an inability to concentrate.

 

How do you know if your child is being bullied?

Barring no direct request for help, here are some signs and symptoms to look for:

  • making excuses to avoid school • decreased appetite or sudden binging
  • unexplained injuries or ripped clothing • difficulty sleeping
  • returning from school without belongings • avoiding being alone

 

To read the full article, visit http://media.learningrx.com/why-bullies-target-struggling-students-and-how-you-can-help-2/. To learn more about ways to help prevent bullying, visit www.stompoutbullying.org.

 

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