What to do if your child is being bullied.
This week (12th-16th) it’s Anti-Bullying Week. The theme this year is ‘Choose Respect‘. A third of children have reported being bullied in the last 12 months, and it’s important that bullying is stopped altogether. Some parents might not know what to do or what to say when they find out that their child is being bullied. Further down, you will see some advice so that parents know what steps to take if they find out their child is being bullied.
Nearly a quarter of children don’t tell anyone if they are being bullied. It’s also important that children tell parents and their school teachers so that they can stop the bullying from getting any worse.
There are several pieces of advice which tell you what to do when you find out that your child is being bullied:
Tell the school about what’s going on. They’ll listen to what your child has to say, and they should be able to sort the bullying out.
Get your child to talk about what has been going on. Talking to parents usually helps as they can then help your child. Without your child speaking up, parents won’t know what’s going on and might not be able to help until they talk.
Encourage your child to participate in school activities. This will increase their confidence and could also help them make new friends. School activities will also motivate them to go into school as over 16,000 children are absent from school at any time because of bullying.
If your child is getting bullied over social media, delete the person and then block the person so they can’t contact them.
It’s important that your child feels that they have somewhere safe to go, even if they don’t want to talk to you.
Before speaking to school or anyone else, tell your child that you’re going to do this so that they know what will be happening. This is to calm their fears.
Tell your child that they have your full support. This would mean a lot to them while they are going through this hard time.
If your child won’t speak to you, try and get them to speak to a professional service that helps with bullying.
Tell your child to keep away from the bully/bullies.
Ask your child who their favourite teacher at school is and then talk to them. It might put them at ease knowing that they can talk to someone who they like and know well.
Here are some stats about Bullying:
- Nearly a quarter of children don’t tell anyone that they are being bullied.
- Over half of 6-15 year olds don’t know how to get help if they’re bullied.
- A third of children report being bullied in the last 12 months.
- Children are 5 times more likely to be bullied in school rather than online.
- Over 16,000 children are absent from school at any time because of bullying.
For more information about Bullying and what to do about it, Bullying UK explains it more. http://www.bullying.co.uk/bullying-at-school/advice-on-contacting-your-child-s-school-about-bullying/
Also if you would like someone to talk to about bullying or would like some information, contact us on 01743 254400.