Unfortunately, bullying does take place both in and out of school, and parents, carers, teachers and other professionals have a duty to take action if they suspect or discover that a child is being bullied.
Bullying can seriously affect your child. It doesn’t just involve physical abuse – it can include emotional and verbal abuse, racist remarks and cyberbullying. The impact of bullying can often be underestimated, it is important that as a parent or carer you can recognise the impact of bullying and recognise the signs.
- Name calling
- Making things up to get others into trouble
- Hitting, pinching, biting, pushing and shoving
- Stealing others belongings/money
- Damaging others belongings
- Taking friends away to make someone feel excluded
- Spreading rumours
- Threats and intimidation
- Making silent or abusive phone calls
- Bullies can also frighten others to the extent that they don’t want to go to school, and pretend to be ill to avoid them
Recognising the signs:
- Coming home with cuts and bruises
- Torn clothes
- Asking for stolen possessions to be replaced
- ‘Losing’ dinner money
- Falling out with previously good friends and being rejected by peers
- Being moody and bad tempered
- Wanting to avoid leaving the house
- Aggression with brothers and sisters
- Academic progress may suffer
- Anxiety and insecurity
- Being quite and withdrawn
- Presenting as unhappy and with low self-esteem
- Poor attendance at school
Finding out that your child is being bullied can be a very stressful and distressing experience.
If you suspect or discover your own child or a child you know is being bullied talk to his/her Teacher or the Head Teacher. The school should have a bullying policy that you might be able to find on their website.
If you are concerned about someone else’s child, talk to the parents or carers.