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Bullying

Children have the right not to be hurt

Bullying is a frightening experience. It can isolate and damage self-confidence and can have negative long-term effects on children, leading to depression and even suicidal thoughts and actions.

What other children think is very important to your child and fitting in is a must. Those thought of as different for any reason may be picked on and bullied. Be aware of the possibility of bullying and make sure you know the tell-tale signs.
You may think that your child is unlikely to be bullied but the reality is that bullying can happen at any time and to any child. If your child tells you about a ‘friend’ who is being bullied listen carefully and take them seriously. They may be trying to tell you it’s happening to them.

All schools in Caerphilly have an Anti-Bullying Policy. School action alone cannot guarantee it stops, so it is important that you work together with your child’s school.

The facts

• Bullying is unacceptable.
• Bullying can happen anywhere to any child.
• It can take many forms, from cyberbullying or verbal abuse to physical attack.
• Bullying is the repeated abuse of a child by one or several people.
• Most bullying is done by children who are the same age as the victim.
• Bullies may be children who are experiencing bullying themselves, maybe at home.
• Children with a disability or SEN are more likely to be bullied.

If your child is a bully

It can be a shock for parents to learn that their child is a bully. Bullies who continually harm other children need support and help as well. They may be going through difficulties of their own, maybe at home, which may have led to their actions. Talk to your child about what they are doing and try to find out why they are acting like this. It is wrong and they need your help.

Tell-tale signs

• Your child seems secretive.
• They may have injuries they cannot explain.
• Their belongings may be damaged or go missing.
• They may run away or miss school.

Stop

You notice injuries with no explanation. Behaviour seems different, they may seem secretive.

Think

They may be being bullied. You need to do something about it and find out what is happening.

Do

See the Headteacher. Outside school consider contacting the Police. Reassure your child.