69% of Children Suffer Bullying at School

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Posted by: Sue Atkins

“My son came to dread school because he was being bullied. He was terribly unhappy and frightened. We didn’t know what to do to help him…”

Sound familiar?

Thousands of children and parents are going through the pain and anguish caused by bullying right now.

You may not even know that your child is being bullied. They may be too scared or ashamed to tell you.

Or if you are aware of the problem, you might not know what to do about it.

You might think back to the old-fashioned strategies, things your parents might have said to you. Like:

“Hit back. Teach the bully a lesson.”

But physically fighting back is not the answer to bullying. The only effective ways of stopping bullying and giving confidence and self-esteem back to the bullied child are more complex. But it’s not an impossible situation. There are many things you, as a parent, can do to help.

As you know I do a great deal of work with families whose children are going through a tough time and are being bullied.

I also do a great deal of work in schools with  bullying as I run my “Beat Bullying – Confidence Classes for Kids” Workshops  to give children support and to teach them how to become more confident.

I am passionate about stopping, preventing and helping you, your children and teachers and schools put an immediate STOP to bullying in all it’s forms

So I’d like to recommend the The School Run Handbook.

Two years ago, Bullying UK carried out The National Bullying Survey – the largest ever investigation into school bullying in the UK – and found that a shocking 69% of children had been bullied.

Parents have many things to worry about: education, health, behaviour, safety… but bullying is one of the things that causes the most anxiety. Bullying can ruin a child’s experience of school. It can lead to problems later in life as children are left mentally scarred by the experience. It can, in extreme cases, even lead to suicide.

And with new technology, like the internet and mobile phones, a whole new world of bullying and intimidating behaviour has opened up: cyberbullying, where victims receive unpleasant and distressing text messages and emails, or worse… We’ve all heard of ‘happy slapping’%2

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