Sadly, more than half of UK children will experience bullying, either as victim, perpetrator or witness. Most bullying is quickly dealt with and most children bounce back from it. For some children being bullied can have long term damaging consequences. All schools in Sutton have an Anti-bullying policy and take the matter very seriously. The most important thing, if you are worried is to talk to your child about it and tell the school if you think this is happening.
Bullying is not confined to the school gates - it also happens at home, in our wider communities and of course, bullying exists online. Cyber bullying can happen anytime, anywhere including on Social networking sites, messaging apps, gaming sites and chat rooms such as Facebook, XBox Live, or YouTube. Children are often getting involved in social media at too young an age. Facebook for example requires everyone to be at least 13 years old before they can create an account, although it is easy to fib about your age.
Finding out that your child is being bullied can cause very strong emotions in parents. Bullying is an issue that is always best dealt with calmly and in a considered way, so try to stay calm and focused. Being bullied can make a child dread going to school, and they can feel depressed and lonely. They need your support.