What is bullying?

Bullying can be physical, verbal and emotional, for example:


  • Persistently calling hateful or hurtful names.
  • Making things up to get other children into trouble.
  • Hitting, pinching, biting, pushing and shoving.
  • Spreading rumours, for example, on social networking sites like 'Facebook'. For advice on how to deal with this type of bullying, click on this link Cyberbullying


How do I recognise it?

Bullying amongst children isn't always easy to define or to identify. Bullies can be very cunning and expert at getting away with it.


Parents and carers have to be alert to the possibility of bullying and must always take action if they think their own or other children are being bullied.


Why is it a problem?

Persistent bullying can result in such problems for the victim as:


  • Depression.
  • Low self-esteem.
  • Shyness.
  • Doing badly at school.
  • Isolation.
  • Threatened or attempted suicide.


What should I do?

The Golden rule is simple:

Be alert and take action. Don’t just think it will go away, or that ‘it’s just kids being kids’

If you suspect or discover your own child is bullying other children, you can get some great advice from KIDSCAPE. You should also talk to your child’s teacher or, if it’s serious, talk to a social worker.

If your child (or a child in your community) is being bullied, KIDSCAPE have advice for you too. You can go to their website ‘How You Can Help Your Child’; but your child’s teacher or a social worker may also be able to help.

The most important point is you need to take action. Talk to someone who can help, whether it’s a teacher, social worker, or youth worker in your community. If it’s serious, you should talk to BFSWS (see Reporting Concerns)or even the Military Police if there is a crime involved (such as a child being assaulted).


Where can I get advice and guidance?

These are some of the links you can use to get advice and guidance.