If your child tells you that they are being bullied, listen to them, then ask them what they want to do about it and say you will help them in whatever way they wish. They have various options as to how to proceed:
Talk through each option, about the advantages and disadvantages of each one, so that your child can decide which is the best option for this incident. Help them put it into action. If it does not work, re-visit the options, probably working down from 1 to 8.
It is very important for your child to take control of the situation and for you not to do it for them. Red Balloon has written more comprehensive advice on bullying and exclusions, endorsed by the Anti-Bullying Alliance, which is available here.
You don’t have to put up with bullying!
Have you told anyone about it? It always helps to talk through your concerns. There are many websites from which you can get good advice and information about what to do if you are being bullied. Some sites also offer help and advice on a number of other issues that affect children and young people, from drugs to eating disorders and your emotional health and wellbeing.
Red Balloons are set up to offer you a safe place where you come every day, meet other children and young people (there are no more than 15), and have lessons in subjects you’re interested in in a friendly environment. You will become more confident and make friends.
There are four RB Centres, so if you live within an hour’s travel of Cambridge, Norwich, Harrow or Reading, it may be possible for you to go to one.
If not, please contact RBAir, our online Centre, on 01223 354338.
Tell your parent or carer about these Centres, or call Red Balloon on 01223 366052.