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How does bullying affect children?

What is bullying?

• Bullying happens when a child is picked on by another child or group of children.
• It is hurtful and deliberate.
• Victims find it difficult to defend themselves.
• Bullying usually happens again and again.
• It can go on for a long time unless something is done about it.
• It can happen in many different ways which include physical, verbal or emotional.

Children who bully may:
• Hit or punch another child
• Kick them or trip them up
• Take or spoil their things
• Call them names
• Tease them
• Give them nasty looks
• Threaten them
• Make racist remarks about them
• Spread nasty rumours or stories about them
• Not let them join in play or games
• Not talk to them – “send him to Coventry”
• Send repeated false or obscene messages on the phone or internet/social networking sites.

What is the impact of Bullying?

• Depression
• Low self-esteem
• Health problems
• Poor grades
• Suicidal thoughts

Observers of Bullying
• Fearful
• Powerless to act
• Guilty for not acting
• Tempted to participate

Students Who bully others
• Get into frequent fights
• Steal and vandalize property
• Drink alcohol and smoke
• Report poor grades
• Perceive a negative climate at school
• Carry a weapon

Schools with bullying issues:
• The school develops an environment of fear and disrespect
• Students have difficulty learning
• Students feel insecure
• Students dislike school
• Students perceive that teachers and staff have little control and don’t care about them

Who and what can help?

1. Parents
• Be open to the possibility that your child might be bullied.
• Some parents may not think of bullying as a possible reason for their child’s distress.
• One of the most important things you can do is to listen to your child.
• It can be very difficult for them to talk to anyone about it.
• Take your child seriously.
• Many children suffer in silence for a long time before they tell anyone.
• They may be ashamed, embarrassed, and may believe that they deserve it.
• Many children are frightened of telling because of fear.
• It can take great courage to tell an adult.
• Do not blame the child.
• Being bullied is not their fault.
• Reassure them that they were right to tell you.
• Do not promise to keep the bullying a secret.
• Something must be done about it.
• Reassure your child that you, and the teachers, will make sure that things do not get worse.
• Tell the school so they can stop it.
• Teachers don’t always know that a child is being bullied.
• Find out if there is an anti-bullying programme in the school.
• Talk with your child and work out ways of solving the problem.
• Include your child in decisions about how to tackle the problem.

2. School
• It is important that each school has an effective anti-bullying program.
• They should make it clear that they won’t allow bullying or aggressive behavior.
• Every school can obtain an anti-bullying pack from the Department for Education.
• There are a number of agencies that can offer advice and help in how to set up effective program.

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