Bullying amongst children isn’t always easy to define or to identify. Bullies can be very cunning and expert at getting away with it.
Parents and Carers have to be alert to the possibility of bullying and must always take action if they think their own or other children are being bullied.

Persistent bullying can result in

Low self-esteem
Poor academic achievement
Threatened or attempted suicide

Bullying includes:
  • Name calling
  • Making things up to get others into trouble
  • Hitting, pinching, biting, pushing and shoving
  • Stealing others belongings/money
  • Damaging others belongings
  • Taking friends away to make someone feel excluded
  • Spreading rumours on Social networking sites (Cyberbullying)
  • Threats and intimidation
  • Making silent or abusive phone calls
  • Bullies can also frighten others to the extent that they don'twant to go to school, and pretend to be ill to avoid them

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.

The most important point is, take action, talk to someone who can help - a teacher, social worker, youth worker in your community - or seek advice from a reputable agency such as Kidscape.

The websites below provide advice and support for both parents and their children:
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