What is bullying?

Bullying is behaviour that hurts someone else – such as name calling, hitting, pushing, spreading rumours, threatening or undermining someone.

It can happen anywhere – at school, at home or online. It’s usually repeated over a long period of time and can hurt a child both physically and emotionally.

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

Developing healthy brains

Every child needs loving, nurturing care from the adults around them if they are to develop

the healthy brains they need to be able to thrive and this is even more important in the first few years of life. The toxic stress that abuse causes means that a child’s healthy brain development can be impaired.

The good news is our brains aren’t fully formed until around the age of 25, so there are plenty of opportunities to help young people develop the skills they need and to overcome the impact of earlier toxic stress.

Watch this short film to find out more about the impact toxic stress has on a child’s healthy brain development https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GkDNSDNp70

Need to talk?

If you would like to talk to one of our local Family Support workers to see how we can help pop into one of our family centres, email contact@family-support.org.uk or phone 020 8753 6070.

Worried about a child?

If you are worried about a child, please call our team on 020 8753 6610 (out-of-hours on 020 8748 8588).

If you are worried that a child is at immediate risk, please contact the NSPCC on 0808 800 500 or help@nspcc.org.uk or call the police on 999.

Remember Childline is always there for any child online and on the phone anytime.

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