We were at the dinner table the other night when one of my boys said to his brother, ‘Stop bullying me’. I said: ‘That’s not bullying’. He then came out with a great explanation of what bullying is – and although it didn’t exactly apply to the brotherly interaction that was taking place at the table – I was very pleased to hear that school had obviously been talking to them about it.
Luckily both my kids seem happy at school, with plenty of friends. I’m enjoying this last year with both of them in primary school before I’m sure it will get a bit more complicated when my eldest goes to secondary school – as many of my parent friends with older kids tell me it will.
So with Anti-bullying week coming up I thought I’d take a look at the advice that is around. These are the best parent resources I found:
Their site includes great advice on how to raise a bullying issue with the school and how to block unwanted calls and text messages from specific numbers.
Internet matters – online is a whole new world
Information about a new code created by the Royal Foundation’s Cyberbullying taskforce to help children tackle cyberbullying. Their campaign seeks to reach every 11 – 16 year old in Britain, to empower them to stop cyberbullying, to speak out and seek support – make sure you check out their campaign animation video and share it with any teenagers you know.
Plus some super, age specific, advice including interesting stats and practical steps you can take to keep your child as safe as possible on line. There are guides for 0 to 5, 6 to 10, 11 to 13, and 14+.
Advice for parents on how to spot the signs of bullying and a film produced for Anti-bullying week to share with primary school aged kids: https://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/anti-bullying-week/resources-schools/official-primary-school-pack