It can be:
- Physical: hitting, kicking, taking things
- Verbal: name calling, insulting, making offensive remarks
- Indirect: spreading nasty rumours or stories, excluding from social groups, sending malicious emails or text messages
All schools and services in Nottingham are anti-bullying, schools, services and families must work together to prevent it from happening.
The Warning Signs
Bullying is a difficult and sensitive issue which children are often reluctant to talk about. But there are signs which may suggest your child is being bullied:
- Reluctance to go to school, including frequent complaints of headaches or stomach aches
- Behavioural difficulties for no obvious reason
- Injuries with no feasible explanation
If you believe your child is being bullied, you should:
- Talk to your child calmly about what is happening
- Reassure your child he or she has done the right thing by telling you about it
- Make a note of what your child tells you
- Encourage your child to report anything to the teacher
- Make an appointment to see your child's class teacher or the headteacher
What to Say
Tell children to walk away, tell a teacher, adult or friend and to avoid fighting.
Parents- listen to your child, comfort them and tell them that you are there for them.
- Talk to your child about their school day
- Teach your child to be kind and respect others from a young age
- Teach your child that bullying and prejudice are unacceptable
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