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Stand up to bullies

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Last Updated: 24/11/2015 10:50:32   Tags: Anti Bullying Month

Anti-bullying awareness month is taking place between the 2nd- 27th November, with this year’s theme being Cyberbullying and E-Safety. It’s a time when bullying is addressed at schools, enabling children who have suffered or are suffering from bullying to open up about their experience. Once seen as a normal passage of childhood, we have now realised that bullying can lead to depression in later life, and in the worse case, suicide. 

The anti-bullying organisation offers various resources for schools such as DVD’s about bullying, resource books, tips, cards and games. They are also hosting a road show this year created to combine anti-bullying week and anti-bullying month.


‘Let’s make noise about bullying’ is this year’s competition where children are encouraged to write up their experiences, first prize is £300, followed by £75 for second place, plus runners up prizes. Entry is free.

The organisation has also created a virtual world of 3D Virtual Sim linked up to other countries in the EU where children can feel safe about talking about bullying in their created Cyber world
 
If you are a parent, and you think your child is being bullied this could be a good time to approach the subject as your child will have probably watched some of the anti-bullying videos aired on TV and also talked about it in school.

The bullying UK website, Family Lives, contains some really good advice. Sandra Hiller from the organisation states; "Listen without getting angry or upset," "Put your own feelings aside, sit down and actually listen to what your child is telling you – then show you have done so by ‘playing back’ to them what you hear. Ask your child: "How do you want me to take this forward?" rather than just taking over so they don’t feel excluded from deciding what to do or end up even more stressed/worried than they were already.
 
Reassure your child it’s not their fault. There’s still a stigma attached to bullying and some children feel they’ve brought it upon themselves. Remind them that many celebrities have been bullied too. Being bullied isn't about being weak and being a bully isn't about being strong. "Encourage your child to try to appear confident - even if they don’t feel it," says Sue Atkins, former deputy head and parenting coach. Body language and tone of voice speak volumes.

For more information and tips on how to tackle bullying please follow the link http://www.bullying.co.uk/advice-for-parents/what-to-do-if-your-child-is-being-bullied/