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Tackling Bullying

Bullying can be:

  • Verbal
  • Physical
  • Social
  • Psychological

It often involves:

  • Humiliation
  • Domination
  • Intimidation
  • Victimisation
  • Harassment including that based on religion, race, disability, sexual orientation or gender.

Online bullying can be through:

  • Instant messaging
  • Mobile phones
  • Social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter
  • Websites and forums

Signs of Bullying

Remember 'SOS'

The following prompt focuses on 3 areas; SPORT, OBSERVATIONS and SAY.

S - Sports

  • Is frightened of walking to or from sports activities or changes route
  • Doesn’t want to go on the team/public bus
  • Refuses to go to sports activities
  • Suddenly starts asking to be driven to activities
  • Begins to truant
  • Performance begins to drop
  • Has dinner or other monies continually ‘lost’
  • Comes home ‘starving’

O - Observations

  • Becomes withdrawn, anxious or lacking in confidence
  • Becomes aggressive, abusive, disruptive or unreasonable
  • Starts stammering
  • Changes their usual routine
  • Feels ill in the mornings
  • Comes home with clothes torn, property damaged or ‘missing’
  • Has unexplained cuts or bruises
  • Bullying others
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Changes in a child’s attitude to accessing technology
  • Afraid to use the internet or mobile phone
  • Nervous or jumpy when a cyber message is received

S - Say: things they might say?

  • Threatens or attempts suicide
  • Threatens or attempts self harm
  • Threatens or attempts to run away
  • Cries themselves to sleep at night or has nightmares
  • Asks for money or starts stealing money
  • Is frightened to say what is wrong
  • Gives improbable excuses for their behaviour.

If you are worried because you are witnessing these behaviours – then take action. Talk to your child; to the coach; to teachers and if appropriate talk to the parents of some of their close friends. Bullying is very rarely a complete secret.

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