Bullying can take many forms – verbal abuse, being physically hurt, having things stolen, being left out or online bullying are some of the ways. People might bully someone because of their religion or country they are from, their sexual identity, the way they look or how well they do in school, among other reasons. Bullying can impact on a child’s physical and emotional health, with the effects being long lasting in some cases. Bullying can also affect a child’s experience of school and ability to build relationships.
As a young person, or as an adult who is being bullied, it is important tell someone about it and ask for help. As a parent or carer these are some of the things you can do to support your child, further details of each of these points can be found on the NSPCC website:
- Talk about bullying with your child
- Make sure they know who to ask for help
- Help them relax and take time out
- Teach them how to stay safe online
- Talk to your child’s school or club
- Take further action if the bullying continues
- Report online videos of bullying.
Locally you can find more information on bullying on the Keep Your Head website.
The Kooth online counselling service and 3Ts talking therapies service both offer emotional support to young people in Peterborough and are free to access. For more information on these services visit the Keep Your Head website.