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PODCAST: The Signs of Bullying

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There are many warning signs that may indicate that someone is either being bullied or bullying others. Recognizing the warning signs is an important first step in taking action against bullying. Not all children who are bullied or are bullying others ask for help..

Deborah Temkin is the bullying prevention coordinator at the U.S. Department of Education (ED). In that role, she works to ensure that efforts at ED and throughout the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention are based on the best available research and practice, and responsive to the needs of the bullying prevention field.



“You’ll see changes in their behavior.” Deborah Temkin is at the U.S. Department of Education. “Look for behavioral changes in your kids and talk to them about what’s going on, because it may be either they’re being bullied or they’re bullying others. And sometimes they’re involved in both, so we need to be very aware of any sort of change we see in our kids.” Those who are bullied may have changes in eating habits, loss of interest in schoolwork, sudden loss of friends, or feelings of helplessness. Those who bully may be increasingly aggressive, blame others for their problems, or have friends who bully others. You can learn how to take action against bullying and prevent it from happening at stopbullying.gov. Stay connected with stopbullying.gov on Twitter and Facebook. A product of the US Department of Health and Human Services.