Bullying: a parent's guide
Around one in four Australian schoolchildren in years four to nine are bullied every week, whether it's face-to-face teasing, social exclusion, physical intimidation or hurting intentionally, or online bullying.
How to spot the signs
According to the charity group, Bullying No Way , the following behaviours or signs may indicate that your child is being bullied.
- They don’t want to go to school.
- They change the route they walk to school.
- They may become frightened to walk to school alone.
- Changes in their sleep patterns.
- Changes in their eating patterns.
- They are tearful, angry or more moody than normal.
- They have unexplained bruises, cuts or scratches.
- They have missing or damaged belongings or clothes.
Social media and bullying
What you can do
- Ask your child directly if there is anything wrong, while reminding them that they are safe.
- Speak openly about bullying, and what your child should do if they become victims, or have seen it occur.
- Role play to educate your child(ren) about what to do if they are being bullied. The APS recommends teaching them to look the person in the eye and say ‘stop bullying me’.
- Find out from your child's school where and how to report instances of bullying.
- Speak to your child's teacher about any bullying signs they may have noticed and what plans they have in place to put an end to it and deal with situations if, and when, they occur.