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Tips to Combat Bullying

Tips for parents and carers

  • If your child is being bullied or you think they might be, here are some tips on how to talk to them and prevent further bullying.
  • If your child is being bullied, don’t panic. Explain to your child that the bullying is not their fault and together you will sort this out.
  • Bullying is never acceptable; and should always be taken seriously. It is never your child’s fault if they’ve been bullied.
  • Try to establish the facts. It can be helpful to keep a diary of events. If the bullying is online, save or copy images and text.
  • Find out what your child wants to happen. Help to identify steps you can take; and the skills they have to help sort out the situation. Make sure you always keep them informed about any actions you decide to take.
  • You may be tempted to tell your child to retaliate but this can have unpredictable results. Your child might get into trouble or get even more hurt. Rather – role play nonviolent ways they can respond to children that are bullying them (e.g. “I don’t like it when you say that to me / do that to me. Stop.”); show them how to block or unfriend people if the bullying is online and help them identify other friends or adults that can support them.
  • Encourage your child to get involved in activities that build their confidence and esteem, and help them to form friendships outside of school (or wherever the bullying is taking place).
  • Get some advice. There are many organisations that can give you some advice. Contact them if you are worried about bullying and want to talk to someone: http://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/advice parents-carers/  http://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/parenttool
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