It’s every child’s right not to be bullied. We all know there are some boys or girls who get their enjoyment from making others miserable. Bullying happens when someone hurts another, over and over and sometimes bullies choose physical ways to hurt or they may tease in a mean way by name calling or getting everyone to gang up with hateful remarks. Some bullying is a result of prejudice and can be unlawful.
Another kind of bullying behaviour is excluding people by using emotional upset to hurt others for example, a group of girls may roll their eyes and move away from another girl causing her to feel isolated. Using the web or mobiles' cameras or texting to promote bullying is known as cyberbullying, and can have serious consequences in law.
Bullying is never acceptable - it is a violation of children's rights. Children who are bullied often lose their confidence and climb into a shell, or are so afraid, they stop going to school or begin to believe the hurtful things that have been said. They may get sad and depressed, and start to hurt themselves. Bullying can have very serious consequences. And no school is a happy school when these attacks begin - some people may even join in the bullying out of fear.
Fife Council is committed to providing a safe and caring learning environment for all children and young people. You can try these organisations for some suggestions. Some links will take you to external websites.
A National Approach to Anti-Bullying for Scotland's Children and Young People A national approach to anti-bullying developed by the Scottish Government and the Scottish Anti-Bullying Steering Group to communicate and promote a common vision and aims; and to make sure that work across all agencies and communities is consistently and coherently contributing to a holistic approach to anti-bullying in Scotland.
Kidscape Advice for parents and carers on how to support a bullied child.
Respect Me (Scotland's Anti Bullying Service) - Provides helpful information for parents and carers about bullying and how it can be tackled.
Parentline Plus helpline: 0808 800 2222
Scottish Child Law Centre - free legal advice for and about children.
If you want to talk to someone you can speak to a Social Worker at the Social Work Services Contact Centre on 03451 551503