Every child and young person has the right to learn in a safe and healthy environment free from bullying, harassment and intimidation in all forms. Unfortunately, bullying still happens inside and outside of school, but most cases are resolved quickly.
Bullying is harmful behaviours directed at one person or a group. It can include verbal, physical, psychological or socially harmful behaviours that can inflict harm, stress and injury. Children can feel discouraged from telling someone they trust about bullying for fear of things escalating or from worry or hopelessness that it won’t stop.
The difficulty of knowing if a child is being bullied, is one that worries parents, teachers and carers. But one or more changes in a child’s mood, physical appearance and behaviours could be an indicator that a child in your care is being bulled.
Recognising the warning signs early is a step closer to taking action to stop the bullying, but be aware that not all children show these signs. These signs could also be a sign of other issues in a young persons life.