The Anti-Bullying Alliance defines Bullying as the “repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or
group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. It can
happen face to face or online.”
There are many forms of bullying which include; Physical, Verbal, Emotional, Sexual, Cyberbullying
and Indirect Bullying, for example spreading rumors. Most bullying is done by children who are the
same age as the victim.
You may think that your child is unlikely to be bullied but the reality is that bullying can happen at any
time and to any child. If your child tells you about a ‘friend’ who is being bullied listen carefully and
take them seriously. They may be trying to tell you it’s happening to them.
Bullying is a frightening experience. It can isolate, damage self-confidence and can negative effects
on children. It can have an impact on the child’s peer relationships. It is important that you can pick
up on some common signs of a child being bullied.
All schools in Tameside have an Anti-Bullying Policy. School action alone cannot guarantee it stops,
so it is important that you work together with your child’s school.
What to do if you suspect your child is being bullied
- If you suspect bullying is happening, speak to school or professional if it’s outside of school.
- Listen and reassure them that coming to you was the right thing to do.
- Try and establish the facts.
- Assure them that the bullying is not their fault.
- Do not encourage retaliation.
- If you say that you are going to do something, ensure that you do.