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Bullying is a prevalent issue affecting a significant percentage of children from primary to secondary school. It can be challenging to determine if your child is experiencing bullying, but there are usually clear signs to look out for.

*Changes in their behaviour

*Frequent expressions of wanting to stay home

*Consistently feeling unwell on school days despite being fine on weekends

*Trouble sleeping

*Aggression

*Low self-Esteem

*Change in easting habits

*Decline in school grades

Don’t let the bullying dominate their life. Encourage them to join a club or activity like drama or self-defence. This builds confidence, helps keep the problem in perspective and offers a chance to make new friends.

It’s important to create a safe space at home for your child to share their feelings and concerns if they are being bullied.

Encourage open communication with your child, inquire about their school experience. You could consider discussing your child’s situation with their teacher or other parents to gain insights into potential changes in behavior.

When it comes to empowering your child to handle bullies, rather than resorting to physical retaliation, focus on fostering confidence, resilience, and self-esteem. This approach can help them navigate challenging situations and build positive relationships.

If you feel unequipped to address the bullying situation effectively please seek assistance from a mental health proffessional such as The National Bullying helpline.

It is important to reassure your child and let them know that the hurtful words of bullies are not a reflection of their true worth.

With Love, Eliza x