No one has the right to hurt you or make you feel bad, and if you are being bullied you don’t have to put up with it, you can talk to someone about it”.
“Bullying can happen to anyone at any age. Being bullied at school, home or online might involve someone pushing you, hitting you, teasing you, talking about you or calling you names.
Cyber bullying is when a person or a group of people uses the internet, mobile phones, online games or any other kind of digital technology to threaten, tease, upset or humiliate someone else. Cyber bullying is a form of bullying but because it happens online or on mobile phones it can happen 24 hours a day, seven days a week”.
How to spot the signs of bullying
You may be unsure if your child is involved in a bullying incident. He or she could be acting as a bully, being bullied or upset because they have seen others behaving badly. If you suspect that your child is involved in bullying then look out for these signs:
Bruises l broken or missing possessions l becoming withdrawn – not talking, or spending more time alone l changes in eating habits l changes in behaviour – becoming anxious, tearful or aggressive at home l sleeping badly l complaining of headaches or stomach aches l wetting the bed l worrying about going to school l suddenly doing less well at school
But there could be other reasons for these signs, so try to avoid jumping to conclusions. Ask yourself the following questions:
Is there anything else bothering my child?
Have there been changes at home like a new baby, or divorce or separation?
If there have not been any other changes and you suspect bullying may be the cause of the distress and anxiety, it is important to try and act as early as you can. For advice on how to talk to your child about bullying please read the article at;
Bullying UK www.bullying.co.uk
Telephone Helplines for Parents & Children
Childline, 0800 1111, a free 24 hour helpline for children in the UK
Kidscape, 08451 205 204, anti-bullying helpline for parents
Internet safety websites for parents,
children & educators
Childnet International – Kidsmart www.kidsmart.org.uk
Mini Mentors www.minimentors.org.uk
Netsmartz Kids (5-10 years old) www.netsmartzkids.org
Netsmartz Tweens (8-12 years old) www.nsteens.org
Netsmartz Teens www.netsmartz.org/Teens
Not My Kidz www.notmykidz.org
Sites on bullying
Antibullying Alliance www.anti-bullyingalliance.org
Beatbullying www.beatbullying.org 0208 771 3377
Bullying UK www.bullying.co.uk 0808 800 2222
Bullying at school; the law www.gov.uk/bullying-at-school/the-law
Childline Bullying www.childline.org.uk/Explore/Bullying/Pages/Bullying.aspx
Childline Sexting www.childline.org.uk/explore/onlinesafety/Pages/Sexting.aspx
Dept. of Education www.education.gov.uk/schools/pupilsupport/behaviour/bullying
Kidscape www.kidscape.org.uk 08451 205 204
NHS: Bullying the facts www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Bullying/Pages/Bullyingfacts.aspx
Ralli Campaign www.youtube.com/rallicampaign
Stop Text Bully www.stoptextbully.com
Stop Cyber Bullying www.stopcyberbullying.org/