What is bullying?
- is repeated over a period of time
- causes pain and distress
- is behaviour which shows intentional aggression towards the same person or group of people.
It is not...
- falling out with friends (initially)
- accidental contact during sports
- not being invited to a party/ game once or a couple of times
Bullying can be:
- Verbal (saying things and calling names)
- Physical (hitting, pushing and throwing)
- Psychological (leaving people out and dirty looks)
- Written (graffiti and passing notes)
- Racist (because of someone’s ethnic or cultural background)
- Homophobic (because someone is, or is thought to be, lesbian or gay, or bisexual or transgendered)
- Cyber (which happens on a computer or mobile phone)
- Sexual (unwanted touching or sexual language)
- Sexist (boys against girls etc)
- Coercion (getting people to do things)
How do I know if my child is being bullied?
Any child can be bullied. The signs will be different for each individual. Signs may include:
- not wanting to go to school or play out
- worrying about the journey to school
- feeling ill or having nightmares
- unexplained injuries
- seeming withdrawn or upset
- bullying other children
- a change in routines/ truanting
- lost money or unusual requests