Keeping your child safe from bullying
If you are worried your child is being bullied there is plenty of support
available online, from schools and from other professionals your child
may come into contact with.
What is bullying?
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."
Bullying can take the following form:
- Physical: behaviours such as hitting, pinching, pushing, etc.
- Verbal: name calling, spreading rumours, belittling etc.
- Emotional: isolating others, tormenting, humiliation etc.
- Sexual: homophobic abuse, inappropriate touching etc.
- Indirect: talking about others behind their back, isolating others etc.
- Online: sending nasty e-mails, sharing photos etc.
Steps to take if you suspect your child is being bullied
Here is advice on how to handle the situation;
- Try and establish the facts
- Listen and reassure them that coming to you was the right thing to do
- Find out what your child wants to happen
- Assure them that the bullying is not their fault and you will support them
- Reassure them that you will not take any action without discussing it with them first
- Don't encourage retaliation to bullying
- Discuss the situation with your child's teacher or Head teacher - or the lead adult
wherever the bullying is taking place.
There is plenty of online resources that will help you to support your child.
Advice on what to do if your child is being bullied, or your child is the bully.
General advice around bullying in an FAQ style.
Some parents/carers guides including tips for children, parents/carers and grandparents