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Different types of crime - Bullying - Anti-bullying tips

What to watch for

  • Personality change--tired/withdrawn/not sleeping well loss of appetite/crying/snaps at people
  • Bed wetting
  • Changes routines--school route/school bus
  • Abusive language/hitting out/bad temper
  • Late for school/leaves school late
  • Cuts & bruises/damaged uniform
  • Avoids certain lessons ie: games/football
  • Headaches/stomach pains
  • Forgetfulness/flinching/easily distracted
  • Books & property going 'missing'
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  • Fear of sudden noises/dark/physical contact
  • Nervousness/nail biting

Remember

  • It takes a lot for a child to tell his mum/dad that they are being bullied. Take any allegation seriously!
  • Don't just say "smack them back" or "you'll be alright" "you'll grow out of it"
  • Your child is turning to you for help and guidance but you might not have the answers,
    or you don't know how to react.
  • Don't storm into the school and demand the bullying stops, this could aggravate the situation.
  • Contact the head teacher over the phone and express your concerns. Try to arrange a meeting preferably after school hours but at the school. Try not to let your child know when you'll be going to see the head teacher as if he/she knows they will be apprehensive of you coming and the bully may pick up it and take advantage.
  • When you meet the head take a notebook and write down anything you don't understand.
  • Ask the head to make a written record of your visit (so you can refer to it if you have to re-visit)
  • Tell the head what you expect to be done about your childs welfare at school.
  • If the bullying persists tell the head that you would like to meet the parents of the bully(s) at
    the school in the heads presence. Afterall, the parents of the bully have a right to know if
    their child is accused of bullying.
  • Many bullies will stop once their parents are aware but if they're not told they can't help!
  • Last of all, encourage your child, don't put them down by saying"if you were bigger you could stick up for yourself" or "if you were cleverer you wouldn't get picked on"
  • These phrases might be just what they are getting bullied for.
  • Make them feel important, ask about their schoolwork, pat them on the back, tell them they've got so much to look forward to. To say "I wish I was that good at ...... or "That's really clever to.... when I was your age/at school" wouldn't go a miss.
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