How do I know if my child is being bullied?
- Physical signs
- Emotional signs
- Behavioural signs
How do I know if my child is a bully?
How can I help my child?
How to approach the school
Dealing with the local authority
What is my legal position?
Young people who have been physically hurt because of bullying may want to hide their injuries, so your first sign that something is wrong might be if a child seems to be in pain, has difficulty walking, is holding a part of his/her body (ribs/arm/hand/wrist/face) or is bleeding/bruised.
Obviously (to many a parent and carer’s despair!) most kids are prone to getting scraped and bruised in the normal run of playing with their friends, but if you feel uneasy about how a particular injury happened you should follow your instincts and try to get your child to talk to you about it. Assure them that you will not be angry or upset with them.
As with scrapes and bruises, kids clothing is often damaged by accident, but again you should follow your instinct if you are worried.
Bear in mind that children do get into fights during their school and leisure activities, and that injuries and torn and damaged clothing can be a result of this. Obviously, fighting is not something that you should condone and should always be taken seriously - there may be a need to involve your child’s school/youth group in finding out what happened. But be aware that a fight between two young people is not necessarily related to bullying.