What to do if you think your child is being bullied

What to do if you think your child is being bullied

This week is anti-bullying week and Amazing! Magazine has teamed up with the NSPCC to give advice to parents who think their child is being bullied. 

1. Talk about bullying and cyberbullying

Explain to your child what bullying is, and ask if they're being bullied. Keep calm, and listen carefully. They may feel really scared, embarrassed or ashamed that they're being bullied and they may be worried about what will happen if they tell anyone.

Once you know your child is being bullied, remember to check in with them often. Remind them they can talk to you about how they are feeling whenever they want.

2. Make sure they know who to ask for help

It’s important to let your child know they can always talk to you, or another trusted adult such as a teacher or other family member. If they don't want to talk to you, you could suggest they contact Childline where a counsellor will provide a listening ear. They don't have to give their name and they can talk about anything that is worrying them.

3. Talk to your child’s school or club

If your child is being bullied, you can talk to their school. It doesn't matter whether the bullying is happening in school, outside or on the internet. All schools have a responsibility to protect their pupils from bullying. If your child is being bullied at a club, talk to the person in charge.

4. Teach your child to stay safe online

Cyberbullying can be really hard for a child to deal with because they can feel like there's no escape. Don't stop them from using the internet or their mobile phone. It probably won't help keep them safe and could stop them from telling you what's happening. 

Thinkuknow has advice on online safety for young people that is suitable for different age groups. Their website shows children how to contact social media sites if they believe someone has posted something upsetting about them.

5. Report videos of bullying

Get in contact with the site the video's been shared on as soon as possible. Social networks are more likely to take the video down if the child involved in the video or their parents make the report. Depending on their terms and conditions, they may be able to remove it.

If you need help, call the Online Safety Helpline on 080 880 05002.