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Anti Bullying Week 2017

Anti-bullying Week UK 2017

It is anti-bullying week in the UK this week (13th November, 2017). The theme of this year’s week is “All equal, all different.”

As more than up to 50% of children say they have been harassed by bullies on social media, we have to be concerned about bullying, whether it is face to face or online.

Cyberbullying is such an insidious form of bullying.  If a child is bullied by social media and online, there is no escape, they may be experiencing bullying 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Parents and teachers should encourage children to talk if they suspect they are being bullied.

The NSPCC have released a help sheet for parents and teachers who suspect their child may be being cyberbullied OR if the child is doing the cyberbullying.

Signs that a child is being cyberbullied

  • Withdrawn
  • Shy
  • Signs of depression
  • Anxious
  • Overly stressed
  • Signs of aggressive behaviour (this can be verbal or physical)
  • Suddenly stops using the computer
  • Changes in sleeping habits (nightmares, can’t get to sleep, waking in the night)
  • Does not want to participate in activities they once enjoyed
  • Self harm
  • Threats of suicide
  • Sudden change in friends
  • Doesn't want to go to school
  • Misses school
  • Gets in trouble at school
  • Isn't interested in school
  • Grades start to fall

The signs that child may be bullying others –

  • Hides or turns of the computer when someone goes near
  • Jumpy and nervous when using computer or phone
  • Secretive about what they are doing on the computer/phone
  • Excessive time on the computer or phone
  • Angry up upset when computer or phone taken away or limited

Children who bully may also be doing this because they are experiencing difficulties as well, they may need help.

If you suspect a child is being bullied or is bullying, seek help from teachers or organisations such as the NSPCC or Anti Bullying Alliance.

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