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Is My Child Being Bullied?

This is a question many parents ask and in most cases a child will not always admit they are being bullied. They’re probably not going to open up to you and say, “I’m getting teased and bullied at school.” Instead, it is going to manifest itself by your child saying something like, “I don’t want to go to school today.”

You know your child best and if this seems to be happening a lot, consider the possibility that bullying behaviour might be the reason behind the sick days. Changes in mood, behaviour and physical appearance can also be warning signs of someone being bullied, however, some young people may not display any warning signs at all.

Signs to look out for:

  • Reluctant to go to school –  headaches, stomach complaints etc.
  • Missing school altogether (truanting)
  • School work not up to usual standard
  • Coming home with items missing and /or damaged
  • Showing signs of being in a fight
  • Not wanting to participate in their usual activities
  • Becoming upset after using their phone or devices
  • Going to bed earlier than usual
  • Not able to sleep
  • Become moody, aggressive or both
  • Lack of confidence
  • Anxiety
  • Becoming quieter or withdrawn
  • Acting up and getting into trouble
  • Loneliness
  • Bed wetting (mainly younger children)
  • A change in eating habits
  • Become insecure or afraid

(As there could be other reasons for these symptoms, try to avoid jumping to conclusions. Could there be anything else bothering your child such as, changes in your family?)

Your child may open up and share with you that other people are unkind to them or have said or done things to hurt them. Always listen and take them seriously, consider the facts,
and work with them on next steps. Children are developing physically, emotionally, and socially and need our help to understand how to behave towards others and when they have crossed a line.

Click here to read our information on Banter V Bullying Behaviour

Click here to download our Information Brochure for Parents/Carers

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Need to talk?

If you are being bullied or are concerned about someone who is, you can receive help and support from one of our trained Mentors through our e-mentoring service.

If you would like a Mentor to email you, please contact: mentorsonline@bulliesout.com

If you would rather speak to someone over the telephone, you can call Childline on: 0800 1111

For any community-related issues, such as anti-social behaviour, we would suggest contacting your landlord, the local police or your local environmental health department (where applicable), as we are unable to deal with these types of complaints.