Bullying among children is when either an individual child or group of children repeatedly try to both physically and/or verbally harm another child.
This may because they are jealous of them or because they feel they are weak, but either way it’s as common as it has always been among children.
Many parents and teachers dismiss bullying, suggesting it’s simple a part of growing up and something all children go through, however, bullying also has serious consequences attached to it, such as a child becoming depressed, withdrawn from others, or in some cases wanting to end their own life as a result of it.
Bullying can take all different forms, and can occur in all different levels of seriousness, too. It can be carried out by anyone, such as siblings or school friends, and can take any form, such as verbal abuse like name calling and physical abuse such as punching and kicking.
When a child is bullied they often feel scared to be around others, and they may also feel quite vulnerable, as a result of being picked on. For any parent it’s a worrying time, but there are things they can do to help, such as speaking to the child’s school. Most schools in the UK have bullying policies and ways they deal with those who are bullying others, and as a result they can quite often deal with the situation without too much fuss. This includes:
- Encouraging all children to tell someone about what’s happening to them, and not to refrain from doing this.
- Encourage all those who witness another child being bullied to tell a teacher or someone else who can help, such as a parent.
- Having specific parents and teacher’s children can go to, so they can discuss bullying. This helps them to feel more comfortable when speaking about it.
One of the biggest reasons why children don’t tell anyone when they’re being bullied is because they fear the consequence. They often view speaking up as ‘grassing’ on the bully and feel that they will be harassed even more as a result of ‘telling tales’. However, as we get older we see the bigger picture, we see that so long as someone like a teacher is aware of what’s happening, the bully won’t be able to continue with what they’re doing.
Bullying by no means occurs solely at school, but this is definitely one of the most common times for it to happen, as groups of 30 or so children learn and play together, five days a week. Whilst all children will never be able to get on with everyone, bullying should not occur and teachers and parents need to be aware of how to deal with this on the occasions it does.