9 signs that your child is being bullied

The Australian Covert Bullying Prevalence Study reported that 1 in 4 students (in a sample of 20,832 Australian students aged between 8 and 14 years) reported being bullied every few weeks or more, with the highest prevalence rates being reported by children in Year 5 (age 10-11 years) (Cross et al., 2009).

Data drawn from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children found that almost 1 in 3 students aged 10-11 years reported being bullied or picked on by peers, with name calling being far more common than physical bullying (Lodge & Baxter, 2013). (Source www.aifs.gov.au).

Those are frightening statistics. Chances are your child is being bullied or knows someone who is.

Knowing and recognising the signs that your child is being bullied is an important first step towards helping your child. The effects of bullying may be longstanding and may carry through from childhood to adulthood. These signs may be also point to other issues or problems, such as depression or substance abuse.

9 signs that your child may be bullied are:

  1. A reluctance to go to school, loss of interest in school work or declining grades.
  2. Frequent headaches or stomach aches, feeling sick or faking an illness.
  3. A change to their group of friends or avoidance of social situations.
  4. Sleeping difficulties or frequent nightmares.
  5. Intense emotional outbursts, crying or self destructive behaviour.
  6. Feelings of helplessness or decreased self esteem.
  7. A change to their eating patterns; either withdrawal from food or binge eating.
  8. Torn clothing, physical marks or loss or damage of property ie. books, devices, jewellery etc.
  9. They’ve developed a ‘victim’ posture.
Talking to your child who may be displaying signs of being bullied will help to identify the cause of the problem. Staying calm and positive will help to reassure your child and draw on resources for support so that you may be able to help them.

This is where Arakan Martial Art® comes in. Arakan Martial Art® is passionate about helping children to develop self-confidence, empowerment, focus and self-awareness as well as effective self defence skills and techniques.

Arakan Martial Art® teaches children to adapt too many situations and environments, becoming dynamic, adaptable and capable of ensuring the safety and wellbeing of themselves and others. Arakan Martial Art® is fast, powerful, unique, fluid, practical and highly effective in teaching your child to defend themselves against one or even multiple attackers.

Through training your child will learn to develop impenetrable defences; deflections, blocks, traps, intercepting hands, bridges and intricate footwork that allows them to dynamically flow around a ‘bully’, giving them a huge advantage. Your child will learn to diffuse a situation before it escalates or should the situation then escalate, effectively protect themselves.

Your child will learn to connect and move their body in a very dynamic way and use the ‘bully’s’ or ‘opponent’s’ energy against themselves. By using an opponent’s energy against themselves your child doesn’t have to be the biggest person in the room to effectively protect themselves or others.

Arakan Martial Art® is more than just learning striking and kicking, it goes beyond the physical. It’s about developing an unshakeable inner strength. You child will develop discipline, gain greater focus, self-empowerment, self-awareness, as well as learning self-protection techniques. Attributes which will transition into greater areas of their life as they mature into adulthood.

Your child’s safety is our number one priority. Your child will learn and develop in a nurturing, positive, creative and fun environment. Our goal is to empower your child and ensure they are equipped with skills and techniques to ensure their safety and wellbeing.

Our goal for your child is to:

  • increase self-awareness,
  • increase situational and environmental awareness,
  • learn ‘street smart’ skills that will help them to deal with everyday life situations,
  • learn practical and effective self-defence skills,
  • gain self-confidence, empowerment, discipline and focus,
  • learn skills and techniques to ensure their safety and wellbeing,
  • learn skills to remain calm in heightened situations,
  • learn to diffuse and divert a potential situation,
  • learn to control any situation should it escalate, effectively and efficiently,
  • increase health and fitness,
  • increase speed, agility and flexibility,
  • learn to manage stressful situations and levels,
  • improve mental focus and concentration,
  • gain a greater understanding of body mechanics,
  • improve hand eye coordination and speed,
  • increase self-motivation and self-discipline,
  • increase team motivation and building,
  • increase levels of self-respect and respect for others.

Your child will learn to protect themselves against potential grabs, punches, kicks, tackles etc. in an experiential way. This enables your child’s awareness to become more heightened and the ability to identify a potential situation increases. This also raises your child’s threshold and prepares them emotionally and mentally should a situation occur in real life.

All Arakan Martial Art® lessons are conducted in a safe, fun and friendly environment where children learn experientially, how to become more aware of danger and respond with efficient and effective self-protection techniques. Lessons are structured in a playful yet disciplined way, to ensure your child receives the most benefits. Your child will learn self-protection skills and techniques, whilst becoming more empowered, build their self confidence, focus and discipline. We have your child’s very best interests at heart and we are here to be of service and take great pride and responsibility in our role.

Arakan Martial Art® specialises in private training lessons and specialised junior group classes, we believe this is the safest and fastest way for your child to learn new skills, ‘street smarts’ and awareness. Private training lessons ensure your child will have the undivided attention of a fully qualified Instructor to guide them on their journey.

All Instructors hold "Suitability Cards" for child related employment (Blue Card). We offer a complimentary one hour private lesson to assess your child, their needs and create a program based on that assessment.

Please contact us to get your child started today.

Sources

https://www.stopbullying.gov/at-risk/warning-signs/index.html

https://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/bullystoppers/Pages/signs.aspx

https://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/bullystoppers/Pages/parentchild.aspx

http://www.bullyingnoway.gov.au

https://www.parentingmonkey.com/signs-being-bullied

https://aifs.gov.au/cfca/publications/children-who-bully-school/understanding-school-bullying



TESTIMONIALS



I enrolled my daughter Ava into Arakan a few months after the sudden death of her father who passed away in a car accident in 2006. I chose sport as a therapeutic medium for Ava to release her grief and Arakan was a powerful healing tool for her in the first year following her father’s death.  Five years on she misses him naturally but Arakan has been a fantastic outlet for her in many ways & has helped her move forward into a brave, new & positive future - my little Urban Warrior

Sheree, mother of Ava