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This week marks Anti-Bullying Week (18-24 November) an annual event organised by the Anti-Bullying Alliance to encourage schools, clubs, individual children and young people across the country to band together with one mission: to make bullying unacceptable – for everyone, everywhere. The NSPCC recently published research that revealed 46% of children say they have been bullied at school and 38% have been affected by cyberbullying. Teachers are often shocked when they hear that a particular child in their class has been bullied. Bullies know that it’s in their best interest to approach their victim when no one is looking and even better to use today’s technology. Cyberbullying is a growing concern among parents and a major new study reveals that only one in ten parents thinks their child is safe online.
Schools work hard to create and put in practice anti-bullying strategies but there are also things you can do as a parent to help your child. Parents play a crucial role in creating patterns of acceptable behaviour. If you want to bully proof your child, start by taking an honest look at your own family dynamics.
DOES BULLYING BEGIN AT HOME? ASK YOURSELF:
If you have answered “yes” to any of the above questions be aware that this can set up a pattern for your child to either be bullied or become the bully. Like the attraction between negative and positive ions, the child with bullying capabilities will be drawn to the child that endures or witnesses the above behaviours. It is a familiar pattern. Raising children to be resilient is crucial in warding off a bully. The child that reacts by being emotionally distraught to a bully will only encourage the bully.
TIPS FOR BULLY PROOFING YOUR CHILD:
If you are parent or child concerned about bullying, see our Beat Bullying resources page for safe places to find help.