§ a reluctance to go to school
§ a loss of friends
§ a drop in grades
§ a loss of interest in activities he or she previously enjoyed
§ a change in behaviour at home
§ aggressive behaviour with you or siblings
§ feigning illness
§ torn clothing
§ a need for extra money or supplies
§ Don’t encourage your child to fight. This could lead to him or her getting hurt, getting in trouble
and setting off more serious problems with the bully.
§ Talk to your child’s teacher about what’s been going on instead of confronting the bully’s parents.
If the teacher doesn’t act to stop the bullying, talk to the head teacher or the school governors.
All UK state schools need to have an anti-bullying policy by law so you can request a copy to see how they handle the issue.
§ Encourage your child to get involved in activities outside of school such as a sports club or youth group. This way he or she can make friends in a different social circle and build their self-esteem.
§ If your child is experiencing cyberbullying (bullying via Facebook, twitter, text or instant messaging) read our tips for protecting your child online.
§ If the bullying is really serious and includes physical assault, damage to property or stealing from your child you may want to get the police involved.