The theme for Anti-Bullying Week 2012 is ‘We’re better without bullying’, and aims to highlight that bullying undermines young people’s achievement.
Bullying is when someone intimidates or causes harm to another person on purpose. The victims of bullying can be hurt verbally, physically or emotionally and it should not be viewed as part of school life as no child deserves to be bullied – it’s unacceptable behaviour and can have a devastating effect on the victim. Most schools have an anti-bullying policy, so it’s a good idea to be aware of the position adopted by your child’s school.
Bullying in school can include:
- verbal harassment – face to face, by phone, text or on the internet
- hitting, hair-pulling and kicking
- teasing and name calling
- spreading rumours
- damaging possessions
- frightening and intimidation
- exclusion at playtime or from social events and networks
If your child is being bullied you may notice some changes in their behaviour, including:
- unwillingness to go to school
- feeling unwell, often with a headache or other non-specific aches and pains
- aggression towards you or others in your family
- waking in the night
- missing or damaged belongings
If you suspect your child is being bullied, don’t ignore it, talk to your child. Explain that bullying is unacceptable and that no one should have to put up with it. Promise to do all you can to stop it and make an appointment to see your child’s class teacher as soon as possible.
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