What is Bullying?

Bullying happens when a child is picked on by another child or group of children. It is hurtful and deliberate. Victims find it difficult to defend themselves. Bullying usually happens again and again, and can go on for a long time unless something is done about it.

 It can happen in many different ways which include physical, verbal or emotional.

What effects does bullying have?

Being bullied can seriously affect a child's physical and mental health. This can include:

  • feeling sad and lonely
  • lacking confidence and feeling bad about themselves
  • becoming depressed
  • complaining of various physical symptoms e.g. headaches, stomach aches
  • worrying and trying to avoid going to school

These problems can carry on long after the bullying has stopped.

For further information with regards to Bullying please click on the following link to Anti-Bullying Alliance

"They call me names, push me around, turn others against me, destroy my belongings, make me feel like nobody cares about me, leave me stranded alone in the dark, throw things at me .... the list goes on."

Mind-Ed Parents Guide to Bullying;

Bullying and what to do as a parent

EMERGENCY HELPLINES - LOCAL

If you have concerns that a child is being abused or neglected, or that they may be at risk of harm, you should contact: The Access Team, Redcar Children's Services on 01642 771500 Or Emergency Duty Team (outside office hours) Tel: 08702 402994. In an emergency, contact the Police on 999.

YOUNGMINDS PARENTS HELPLINE

We offer free, confidential online and telephone support, including information and advice, to any adult worried about the emotional problems, behaviour or mental health of a child or young person up to the age of 25.
http://www.youngminds.org.uk/for_parents/parent_helpline
Monday to Friday 9.30am-4pm on 0808 802 5544 (free for mobiles and landlines).
YOUNG MINDS PARENTS SURVIVAL GUIDE
http://www.youngminds.org.uk/for_parents/parents_guide

CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE HELPLINES - NATIONAL

If you're struggling with how you feel and need to talk, these organisations are there to listen. Don't suffer in silence - pick up the phone, drop them a line or visit their websites.
http://www.youngminds.org.uk/for_children_young_people/better_mental_health/organisationsthat_could_help