Health Tip: Recognize Youth Violence

(HealthDay News) -- The upcoming school year casts a spotlight over the longstanding problem of youth violence, most commonly bullying. Its effects can last well into adulthood.

Parents should keep a watchful eye out for the potential symptoms of youth violence, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

The agency offers this list of possible warning signs that a child is a victim, perpetrator or both:

  • Avoiding school

  • Social withdrawal

  • Falling grades

  • Feelings of helplessness or hopelessness

  • Unexplained bruises, cuts and scrapes

  • Difficulty sleeping

  • Disregard for others

  • Excessive boasting