Bullies are found in most schools and communities. Even in the most disciplined or positive schools there may be isolated incidents of bullying. Both girls and boys can be bullied and be bullies. Bullying has led to children committing suicide or dropping out of school because of the stress of being bullied.
Sometimes children find it difficult to talk to their parents when they are being bullied and this may be because the bully is threatening them. Monitor your childs relationships at school and take action if your child is either being victimised or victimising other children.
What is bullying – know the signs
“Bullying is intentional tormenting in physical, verbal, or psychological ways. It can range from hitting, shoving, name-calling, threats, and mocking to extorting money and treasured possessions. Some kids bully by shunning others and spreading rumors about them. Others use email, chat rooms, instant messages, social networking websites, and text messages to taunt others or hurt their feelings.” (www.kidshealth.org)