Bullying describes any behaviour that hurts someone else. Bullying behaviours can happen at school, at home or online and the behaviours can be repeated over long periods of time, hurting young people physically and emotionally.
Online bullying - using social networks, games and mobile devices - is known as cyberbullying. Young people can feel like there’s no escape because it can happen wherever they are and at any time of day or night.
There are many types of bullying, which can include:
As a parent, you might notice some of the following issues:
Young people who are bullied are more at risk of developing mental health problems, including depression and anxiety. Young people at the highest risk are those who are both bullied and who bully others.
It’s not your fault
It’s normal to be upset
It’s important to tell an adult you trust that you are being bullied so they can help you sort things out
Keep a record of any evidence, photos, texts, notes, a diary of what happened and when
Don’t spend time with people you don’t like or who make you feel bad
If they open up, reassure them that they’ve done the right thing in telling you
You can contact your local School Nursing team to arrange to speak to your School Nurse for a confidential appointment (or see our self-help and other support section below for advice and further support from other organisations).
You might want to discuss the problem with the school, whether or not the bullying is associated with the school day, as the impact could still affect their concentration, focus and progress.
You can find additional support online by visiting: