Bullying is repeated behaviour which is intended to hurt someone emotionally or physically. Bullying can include:
- physical assault
- making threats
- name calling
Bullying can happen in school, college, at work or in the community. It may be face-to-face, or by text messages, emails or on social media.
It can lead to changes in your child’s behaviour, like refusing to go to school and anxiety.
If your child is being bullied
Keep calm and talk to your child about what’s been happening.
Contact your child’s school. They will provide support and may get advice from:
Ask to see the school’s anti-bullying and behaviour policy.
If your child is bullied or attacked because of their disability, sexuality, gender identity, race, faith or gypsy heritage, this may be a hate crime.
Report a hate crime on the website of Sussex Police
Websites of organisations promoting anti-bullying and providing advice and solutions:
- special educational need and disability
- website: Amaze SENDIASS East Sussex
- telephone: 01273 772 289
- disability bullying
- website: Anti-bullying alliance
- Kidscape top tips for dealing with bullying - advice for parents and children (in English and 13 other languages)
- website: Kidscape
- Bullying UK
- website: BullyingUK family lives
- telephone: 0808 800 2222
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