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Bullying

Bullying

Bullies are very cunning and are expert at getting away with it.

We all know that bullying goes on in and out of school, and parents, carers, teachers and other professionals have a duty to take action is they suspect or discover that child(ren) are being bullied.

If you think your child or the child/young person you're looking after is being bullied, act immediately. Talk to your child about what they can do to deal with bullying (advice can be found in the links on this page). If this doesn't work, talk to their teacher about what can be done. Always encourage your child to tell someone.

Many other children and young people are being bullied; it can happen at any age to any child and must be stopped. Remember, it is not their fault and they have the right to live without being picked on. Bullying behaviour is unacceptable.

 

NSPCCGuide to Bullying

 

Bullying includes:

  • People calling you names
  • Making things up to get you into trouble
  • Hitting, pinching, biting, pushing and shoving
  • Taking things away from you
  • Damaging your belongings
  • Stealing your money
  • Taking your friends away from you
  • 'Cyberbullying'
  • Spreading rumours
  • Threats and intimidation
  • Making silent or abusive phone calls
  • Bullies can also frighten you so that you don't want to go to school, so that you pretend to be ill to avoid them

 

‘Trolling’ is the antisocial act of causing interpersonal conflict and shock-value controversy online. Under section 127 of the Communications Act 2003 it is an offence to send messages that are grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character.

Cyber bullying is another form of bullying that uses technology and social media. A single incident can be called bullying. The impact from one malicious entry can spread worldwide and its consequences can be infinite.

 

What Parents and Carers should do

Take action!

If you suspect or discover your own child or a child you know is being bullied you can get some great advice from KIDSCAPE, including a useful leaflet ‘101 ways to deal with bullying’. You should also talk to your child’s teacher or, if it’s serious, talk to a social worker.

 

Further information - There are many websites who provide advice and support, for both parents and their children. Some of these are below:

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ChildLine

 offers a free, confidential helpline and online service dedicated to children and young people. Tel: 0800 1111

 

Kidscape

Preventing bullying, protecting children
08451 205 204

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Child exploitation and online protection for parents, young people and professionals
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