Unfortunately bullying is a part of childhood, and as such, school life. In both comprehensive and independent schools there is scope for children to be victimised by a single pupil or group of children collectively.
Bullying can take various forms such as physical, verbal or psychological. Each form has its own impact and has to be dealt with differently. The main thing to understand is that bullying CAN be dealt with and should never be tolerated.
The resources on this page are available to help parents, pupils and teachers deal with school bullying and address the issues in the most effective way possible.
Understanding and preventing bullying
Preventing bullying (GOV.UK): The Government has published several useful documents addressing major issues surrounding bullying including Preventing and Tackling Bullying and Advice for Parents and Carers on Cyber Bullying.
Understanding bullying (BBC): The BBC has produced a section within their website focussing on child development. Here, you can print their advice on the basics of understanding bullying and what signs to look out for if you suspect that your child is being bullied.
Bullying Has Clear Physical Effects (Huffington Post): The Huffington Post is an online resource containing a wide range of useful articles aimed at parents. This article focuses on the various physical symptoms associated with victims of bullying and highlights the importance of addressing these symptoms, such as stomach-aches or anxiety, as possible signs of a deeper issue.
Cyber Bullying: Create No Hate (Video): Luke Culhane from Limerick has produced, edited, and acted in this short, effective video, explaining cyber bullying and how best to put an end to it.
Online safety (NSPCC): The NSPCC works with children and families throughout the UK. Here, you can see their advice on how to better understand and tackle the broad issue of internet safety for children and teenagers today.
Actions to take if your child is being bullied
10 Actions Parents Can Take If Their Child Has Been Bullied (education.com): The website www.education.com offers a broad spectrum of resources surrounding education. This downloadable article offers several methods and techniques designed to aid parents in supporting their children if they are a victim of bullying in school.
NSPCC: The NSPCC provides a great deal of help and advice to both children and their families throughout the length and breadth of the country. They are also committed to ensuring that children stay safe online.
Ditch The Label: This charity aims to provide innovative support to those affected by bullying.
BullyingUK: A branch of the charity Family Lives, BullyingUK offers advice and support on dealing with bullying.
The Cybersmile Foundation: Founded in 2010, The Cybersmile Foundation offers resources designed to help tackle cyber bullying.