If you are concerned your child is being bullied, harassed or physically hurt, talk to your school.
Schools can help
A safe and supportive school environment can help prevent bullying. Students should feel and be safe everywhere at school: in the classrooms, the library, the toilets, the bus, and the playground. Everyone at school can work together to create an environment where bullying is not acceptable. The best outcomes for your child will be achieved by you and the school working together.
Bullying outside the school
If bullying happens online or via text messages outside school report it to the school, especially if other children from the school are involved or it is making your child uncomfortable at school.
Schools are aware of the potential harmful effects of bullying, including cyberbullying, on young people and take reports of bullying seriously.
Talk to your school immediately
The sooner the school receives information about a bullying issue the quicker they can respond. School staff understand that it can be distressing to report that your child is being bullied. They will try to support you and your child as much as possible and include you in discussions about strategies that could be used.
What should I do?
- Contact the school and make an appointment to discuss the issue.
- Do not directly approach any other student or their family.
- Ask the school for a copy of your school's policies and any handouts on bullying.
- Work with your child’s school to solve the problem by establishing a plan for dealing with the current situation and future bullying incidents.
Schools must follow privacy laws and may not be able to tell you everything that has taken place, especially about any other children involved. These laws also keep you and your child’s information private too.