What is bullying?
Bullying is the repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. It can happen face to face or online and involves many different kinds of behaviour, including exclusion from activities and physical violence.
What can you do?
- The best thing to do is to tell someone like a teacher or parent so that they can help you. If you try to fight-back you might make things worse or get into trouble.
- Walk away from the situation as soon as you can.
- Keep a diary of what the bullies are doing and saying, when and where they are doing it.
- Remember it is a criminal offence to send threatening and offensive phone messages and if it continues it can amount to harassment. The police can and do take action.
- Speak to a member of school staff – schools have anti-bullying policies which say what they have to do to help you. Teachers have a duty to look after you.
What to do if your child is being bullied
- Talk to the school and ask to see their anti-bullying policy.
- Keep a record of incidences and show this to the member of staff supporting your child.
- Help your child to relax at home and encourage them to turn off their phone if they are experiencing cyber-bullying.
- Teach your child how to stay safe online.
- If your child has been impacted emotionally by bullying or they are struggling with their mental health, they may benefit from counselling. Speak to your GP for advice.
Bullying support and information
The charity Contact has produced a guide for parents who have a child with SEND who is being bullied; you can open this in the links below.