Bullying is behaviour that hurts someone else – such as name calling, hitting, pushing, spreading rumours, threatening or undermining someone.
It can happen anywhere – at school, at home or online. It’s usually repeated over a long period of time and can hurt a child both physically and emotionally.
Bullying that happens online, using social networks, games and mobile phones, is often called cyberbullying. A child can feel like there’s no escape because it can happen wherever they are, at any time of day or night. - NSPCC
No parent likes to think about their child being bullied or, even worse, being a bully but the fact is, more than half of all children are involved – either as a perpetrator, victim or witness.
All schools in the Vale of Glamorgan have an Anti-Bullying Policy. Sadly, school action alone cannot guarantee it stops, so it is important that you work together with your child’s school.
If you have concerns there are resources to help you:
BullyingUK has an essential guide for parents and carers. Bullying UK provides helpful information and advice about different types of bullying, talking to your child about bullying, spotting signs and making a complaint.
NSPCC provide direct support and help for children and young people and provide expert training and consultancy to anyone working with children.
Childline can help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. Childline is free, confidential and available any time, day and night.
Bullies Out is an organisation that works with schools, colleges and organisations to stamp out bullying. It has lots of advice for parents and young people.
YoungMinds offer support to young people on feelings and mental health symptoms, how to cope and where to get help, there is also a guide for parents and carers to download.