"When no boys are in the classroom girls take part more. They answer more questions, and they argue more. I guess you would say they debate more, but I remember the same situation happening when boys were in the class and a couple of them yelled out "Cat Fight!" The girls got angry, and they stopped debating."
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Is Your Daughter Being Bullied?
Across the country, girl-on-girl violence in schools and communities is on the rise, and you've probably noticed a growing number of media stories dealing with the topic. With record numbers of violent incidents between girls reported each year, you may have started to wonder about your own daughter's safety – and it's only reasonable to feel some concern for her.
That being said, you need to make sure your concern is rational: there's there is no need to become paranoid or to become overly protective of your daughter simply because of the headlines. Instead, working on developing an open, communicative relationship with your daughter, as well as a healthy understanding of signs that may suggest she is experiencing some psychological or physical bullying are positive steps you can take towards helping and supporting your daughter through the challenges of her teen years. They also constitute a pro-active approach to addressing the issue within your own community.
Students experiencing some form of bullying among their peer group usually demonstrate some important warning signs. Communicating openly with your daughter and paying attention to her attitude and behavior towards school and friends means you'll be able to pick up on those warning signs early. And with your support and encouragement, your daughter will be able to handle potentially damaging situations positively and constructively – without getting caught up in a dangerous web of aggression. Better still, you'll help to equip her with the skills she needs to serve as a role model for her peers.
Just what are the signs that might suggest your daughter is being bullied? These are a few of the characteristics of a bullied teen:
- Your daughter starts taking an alternate route to school – one that's often much longer or out-of-the-way. (This is especially important if your daughter walks to school)
- Your daughter begins avoiding or refusing to take her usual transportation to school (she no longer wants to ride the bus, for example).
- Your daughter seems constantly worried or anxious, or she seems overly concerned about looks and appearance (an indication of the low self-esteem that bullying can cause).
- Your daughter loses interest in activities she once enjoyed, including academics, sports and other extracurricular activities. Her grades and overall academic performance may also decline suddenly.
- Your daughter develops frequent physical ailments (headaches, nausea, sore throat, etc.) and begins using them as an excuse to stay home from school.
- Your daughter has trouble sleeping or demonstrates noticeable appetite loss.
- Your daughter seems to socialize with friends less and less, begins turning down social engagements and invitations that she might normally have accepted, or starts to avoid before- or after-school socializing.
- Your daughter arrives home with clear signs of physical harassment, including cuts, bruises and/or torn clothing.
If your daughter begins exhibiting any of these signs, take a closer look. Ask questions. Talk with her teachers, school administrators, guidance counselors and coaches, and communicate your concerns to other parents. If your daughter comes home with physical signs of bullying, take immediate action by contacting school officials and consider seeking the support of a qualified counselor.
If the bullying persists, you might even consider exploring other schooling options for your daughter, especially educational programs and environments that offer both emotional and psychological support for students who have been bullied. These programs can provide resources and support for girls who need to re-build their self-esteem or develop the personal and interpersonal skills necessary to effectively handle peer pressure and bullying.
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