According to government statistics, “...between 1 in 4 and 1 in 3 U.S. students say they have been bullied at school.” That’s over 10 million students. Most of this bullying takes place on school grounds, whether it’s the cafeteria, the gym, the hallway, the parking lot or even on the school bus. While school administrators and state and local lawmakers are working hard to prevent and stop bullying, if your child is facing emotional or physical battery, an immediate option is to enroll your child in a virtual high school.
Bullying can have major lasting effects, such as depression and anxiety, which can persist into adulthood. In addition to mental health issues, bullied children may not eat and sleep well which can lead to physical health problems.
If your son or daughter faces anxiety and health issues, you can expect a drop in school participation and grades. She may even want to drop out of school altogether in order to avoid facing her bully. She may lose interest in activities she once enjoyed. With her overall well-being plummeted to an all-time low, she may no longer be the same child you remember. In some cases, bullying can lead to suicide or even extreme violence.
On the bright side, when taken away from the school setting, children usually get over bullying. This is one among many reasons why parents decide to enroll their children in an online high school.
Since bullying usually occurs at school or on school grounds, taking your child out of school removes him from the source. And students often thrive under the less restrictive format. Online High School is available 24/7 as long as your child has access to the internet.
As for socialization, James Madison High School’s online high school courses are designed to encourage collaboration amongst students. With individualized attention from certified teachers and academic advisors your child can bring his grades back up and earn his high school diploma online. We also offer an active and encouraging online forum where many of our students feel safe connecting with their peers. And many of our students participate in extracurricular activities outside of school.
If you’re worried your child is being bullied at school, don’t wait; get help now. Whether or not you choose to enroll your child in a virtual high school, it’s worth exploring the option with your teen.
Because in the end, we’re all looking for our child to not just survive, but to thrive in high school.
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