The parent of a child who is the victim of bullying at school often feels like they are all alone. Too many parents find that their school offers very little help, and in some cases even blames the child being bullied. The parent is then left in an unbearable situation: either send their child back to school for more bullying, or face truancy charges – neither of which is acceptable!
Many times, the child does not come to the parent right away. Children often fear that the parent intervening will only make matters worse. Usually, they endure this bullying in silence until it becomes unbearable.
The daily stress of being bullied at school can lead to a number of personality changes and/or health conditions. Parents may notice that their child who once loved school now makes excuses not to go. Other signs of bullying at school can include the child becoming withdrawn, losing interest in school, or an overall drop in grades. Anxiety, depression, and stomach disorders also seem to be common among children that endure bullying at school over an extended period of time. Usually, the child is afraid of speaking out, so they continue to deal with the bullying in silence as long as they can.
A student being bullied at school will generally make up excuses on a weekly basis not to go to school. Finally, the parent will receive a letter from the truancy office threatening fines and/or jail if their child misses anymore school. At this point, the parent starts to crack down and insist that the child goes to school even on the days he/she says he/she doesn’t feel well. Sadly, this is usually when the parent learns for the first time that their child has been having problems at school.
It is usually at this point that either the parent or the child will start looking online for help and a solution to their dilemma. Here, they learn that there is a simple answer that addresses both problems: they can enroll their child in an accredited private, online middle or high school, and their child can simply finish high school online.
If any of this sounds familiar please know that you are not alone, bullying at school has reached national proportions. Additionally, bullying at school is the number one reason students all across the country are choosing to finish their high school classes online.
For the child being bullied at school being able to finish high school online, in the safety of their own home can be such a blessing. Parents should search for an accredited online high school that offers a flexible schedule, as well as full teacher support.
It is important to note that not all students who finish high school online have been bullied at school. Some students are ill and need the flexibility to be able to finish high school at their own pace; while others enroll to take advantage of the Technology electives, or Languages that are not available in most public schools. Peer pressure and violence at school are also additional reasons some students are choosing to finish their high school classes online.