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Stop the Bullies

Some children may not want return to school, after the holidays, as they are being bullied school. Parents have a key role to listen, to calm, to reassure and to act. Bullying can be a serious problem affecting a child’s confidence and mental health. What can you do if child is being bullied at school?

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Bullying is behaviour by an individual or group, repeated over time that intentionally hurts physically or emotionally. Bullying can be a one-off, but bullying can happen to anyone.

The survey said

The most common type of bullying was verbal, with cyberbullying the least common:

  1. Of those bullied, 33% said that they had suicidal thoughts, while 41% were left feeling anxious.
  2. 62% were bullied by a classmate and 37% by someone at school they did not know.
  3. Males were more likely to exhibit negative attitudes from bullying.

Do not panic

  • Listen and reassure your child that coming to you was right thing to do.
  • Establish the facts and keep a diary of events to share with the school.
  • Assure your child that the bullying is not their fault.
  • Reassure them that you will not take any action without discussing it with them first.
  • Avoid retaliating against the bully.
  • Discuss the situation with your child's teacher or Head teacher. Schools have a policy to prevent all forms of bullying between pupils.
  • Encourage your child to get involved in activities that build their confidence and esteem and help them to form friendships outside of school.

Ignoring bullying will not make it go away. You need to tell someone at the school about what is happening to your child. Keep reporting the bullying until it stops. Do not put up with it, as no one deserves to be bullied.

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Important: if you feel that your child has been seriously affected by bullying, then speak to a medical expert, such as you GP.

Sources:

https://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/tools-information/advice-parents/how-can-i-help-my-child-if-they-are-being-bullied

https://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/tools-information/advice-parents/how-can-i-help-my-child-if-they-are-being-bullied

https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/feelings-and-symptoms/bullying/

Date Created: 16/06/2021


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