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"The effects can continue your whole life"

"The effects can continue your whole life"

Published by Grace Mcgachy
6:00am 17th November 2019.

"The effects can continue your whole life".

The response from one listener about bullying. 

The NSPCC want people to know that parents, carers and teachers are not the only people responsible for stopping bullying friends can help too. 

 

KLFM spoke to Katy Cole the charity's Schools Service Coordinator for Norfolk during anti-bullying week and she told us people can underestimate just how hurtful it can be for youngsters. 

"It can have really devastating impacts, it can cause depression, anxiety, low self esteem, social isolation.

And in even worse cases self-harming, suicidal thoughts and feelings.

Sadly young people in the past have even taken their own life due to cyberbullying and face to face bullying." 


To support anti-bullying week the NSPCC and Childline have launched the #IGotYou campaign.

It focuses on the friends of those being bullied and what they can do to help and has been launched via two videos available on YouTube.

The charity says sometimes just a simple act of kindness can change a life for the better, especially that of a young child who is potentially unaware of what is happening around them.


How to spot the signs that someone may be being bullied: 

  • Difficulty controlling emotions
  • Struggling to make and maintain friendships
  • Self-consciousness
  • Inability to act in an age-appropriate way  
  • Bullying others
  • Problems with sleeping and eating 
  • Asking for, or stealing, money (to give to whoever is bullying them)
  • Not doing well at school 

Belongings may also disappear or become 'lost', the child may have unusual bruises or injuries that they struggle to explain, they may also be losing sleep or struggling to get out of bed. 

It's also common for the child to avoid school and it's likely they will also show signs of anxiousness and distress. 

If your child is bullying another it can be a very distressing time and it is important they're told it's unacceptable.

 It's possible that they may not realise their behaviour is considered bullying and so it's really important to talk them about this and help them understand how their actions may be received by others.

Having regular and open conversations with your child will help to ensure that any issues are picked up on at the earliest possible stage so action can be taken when needed. 


The NSPCC has created a video available on YouTube called Life After Bullying to help those coping with the aftermath who need reassurance.

Their website also offers of advice on bullying for parents, while Net Aware gives useful tips on dealing with online abuse.  

You can also call the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000. 

 

 

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