School-age bullying is a serious societal concern that affects the lives of half of the UK’s children and young people. Going to school can be fun, but it can be stressful, too – learning new concepts, taking standardised tests, making new friends, then perhaps losing some of those friends and negotiating your way in the world for the first time. Add bullying to the mix, and the pressures multiply exponentially. Most school-age children want to be liked by their peers, but being subjected to taunts and mockery unnecessarily sullies a child’s learning environment by adding daily anxiety and uncertainty about what will happen from one day to the next.
No parent wants their child to suffer and in today’s society, as every school is legally bound to have an anti-bullying policy, no child should have to suffer from bullying at school.
Research reported that in school settings, bullying is missed by adults 96% of the time. While most teachers are very focused on what goes on in their classrooms, the majority of bullying occurs in locations like the dining hall, playground, bathroom, hallways, the bus and perhaps, most infamously, online. When classroom teachers tell concerned parents that they are not aware of bullying incidents taking place in their classroom, they are usually quite accurate.
Although many schools do not always realise when bullying occurs, once they are notified of any incident, they should do whatever they can to ensure that it stops immediately. Arrange a meeting with your child’s Teacher or Head of Year to discuss what has been happening to your child and to work with the school to ensure that your child is safe. The bottom line: Take action before it’s too late. Further information is available on our website www.bulliesout.com. We also have a free information brochure available for parents and if you would like a copy, please send an A5 size SAE (large stamp) to BulliesOut, GF, 2 Neptune Court, Vanguard Way, Cardiff CF24 5PJ
BulliesOut delivers workshops and training programmes in schools, youth settings and the workplace across the UK – all aimed at educating on the effects of bullying, raising aspirations, encouraging empathy, respect and responsibility and creating positive environments in which young people and staff can thrive. To find out more go to www.bulliesout.com Research Reference: www.signewhitson.com