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:

Anti Bullying Week 2018

Anti Bullying Week 2018 is being held between the 12th and 16th November and is organised by Anti-Bullying Alliance. This year the theme is 'Choose Respect'. Follow the events on social media using #antibullyingweek and #abw18
As you know the effects of bullying can have a massive impact on all individuals, whether that is at school, work, college or socially. Anti bullying week is a great way to get involved, take a stand against bullying and raise awareness in your school, colllege or organisation. Bullying doesn't just affect children but adults too.

The Anti-Bullying Alliance would like to get your school or workplace involved and help raise money for Bullying UK so that we can continue supporting people affected by bullying. Their target this year is £100,000 and would welcome your support in helping them to achieve this. No matter how big or small, your donation and support would make a huge difference for those affected by bullying.  Click here to see how you can help.
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