Unfortunately despite the numerous anti-bullying campaigns in the media and the national curriculum, bullying is still a problem that faces a large number of our children.
With the development of technologies (such as text messaging, and social media sites) bullying is no longer confined to the playground. Cyberbullying has hit the headlines over the last year and there have been numerous campaigns and initiatives run by the likes of BBC’s Radio 1 to highlight the issues of the problem.
Cyberbullying is when a victim is abused over the internet or via text messages and can be equally as damaging and upsetting for children as physical bullying.
Children are very good at hiding their feelings which means that a victim can be hard to spot.
Signs to look for:
You should look out for the tell-tale signs like:
- Not wanting to go to school
- Losing dinner money
- Mood swings
- Unexplained cuts and bruises.
If you feel like your child is being bullied:
Speak to his/her school and ask them to monitor the situation. The teachers will have experience in dealing with bullying and may be able to suggest the best course of action.
It is important not to get angry with the school they may not be aware of the situation just as you may not have been. Agree with the school on what action should be taken and keep a record.
In most cases of bullying amongst peers, schools will deal with the problem and tend to have initiatives to combat the issue.