Many parents and carers worry about the possibility of their child becoming involved in bullying. The impact of bullying on children and young people can be very serious and long term, so it is important for parents and carers to have advice on hand to help them approach different situations and conversations. With that in mind, this month we have compiled some resources from around the web to help.
Anti bullying alliance
Resources from the anti bullying alliance include an interactive anti-bullying tool for parents, advice on what to if your child has been accused of bullying and information relating to cyber bullying.
Part of Family Lives, Bullying UK provide advice, support and guidance for families affected by bullying. Resources include how to spot the signs of bullying, talking with your child about bullying and dealing with bullying which takes place outside of school hours.
As well as offering advice and guidance, the Kidscape website includes the Kidscape log, which is here to help you share with the school anything that has happened either in school, on the way to and from school, or online, that is making you feel sad or scared. A school contact record is also included to help you keep track of contact you have had with the school about a bullying situation.
Stomp Out Bullying
STOMP Out Bullying™ is the leading national nonprofit dedicated to changing the culture for all students. It works to reduce and prevent bullying, cyberbullying and other digital abuse, educates against homophobia, LGBTQ discrimination, racism and hatred, and deters violence in schools, online and in communities across the country. In this diverse world, STOMP Out Bullying promotes civility, inclusion and equality. It teaches effective solutions on how to respond to all forms of bullying, as well as educating kids and teens in school and online. It provides help for those in need and at risk of suicide, and raises awareness through peer mentoring programs in schools, public service announcements by noted celebrities, and social media campaigns.
The Young Minds website gives information on what bullying is, how it can affect you and how you can get help. In addition, YoungMinds Crisis Messenger provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK if you are experiencing a mental health crisis. If you need urgent help text YM to 85258. All texts are answered by trained volunteers, with support from experienced clinical supervisors and texts are free from EE, O2, Vodafone, 3, Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Telecom Plus.
National bullying helpline
The step by step bullying guide, written by the founder of the National Bullying Helpline is designed to help parents put a stop to bullying. This guide includes practical solutions to help you report a bullying issue and how to escalate matters if you feel the school is not doing enough to protect your son or daughter. It includes template letters to help you get a quick and effective response from the school.
Additional sources of advice for young people
- If you’re under 25 you can talk to The Mix for free on the phone, by email or on their webchat. You can also use their phone counselling service, or get more information on support services you might need.
- Freephone: 0808 808 4994 (13:00-23:00 daily)