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Bullying can happen anywhere – at school, at home or online. Bullying that happens online, using social networks, games and mobile phones, is often called cyber bullying. A child can feel like there’s no escape because it can happen wherever they are, at any time of the day or night.

Both children who are bullied and those who bully others may have serious and lasting issues.

Practitioners must be alert of the possibility of bullying and must always take action if they think children are being bullied both to protect the child who is being bullied and to investigate why the other child is bullying.

Schools should all have an anti-bullying policy and it is helpful to have a child friendly version in addition and this can be developed by the School Council.

Anti-bullying week is held every year and schools in particular are encouraged to focus on bullying and ways to encourage positive relationships. The IOWSCP sends out links to anti-bullying week resources online for practitioners to use with children.

Bullying should be part of the PHSE curriculum in schools throughout the year and Public Health are currently working to develop approaches via ‘PEACH’ (Partnership For Education, Attainment and Children’s Health) on the Isle of Wight.

Bullying is behaviour that is:

  • repeated
  • intended to hurt someone either physically or emotionally
  • often aimed at certain groups, for example because of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation
  • An imbalance of power where the child who bullies uses their power to control or harm others