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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call the police on 999.
Remember Childline is always there for any child online and on the phone anytime.
Find out more
- The NSPCC has some fantastic advice for parents and carers about how to help children and young people stay safe online
- The NSPCC, in partnership with O2, has developed a website where you can check apps and websites and understand what’s appropriate for your child. It also gives tips and advice on keeping your child safe online.
- You can also go to any O2 shop and get free help around privacy settings and device control for children. You do not have to be an O2 customer or buy anything…just ask!
- Find out more about bullying and cyberbullying from the NSPCC
- Find out more from BullyingUK
- Find out more from the Anti-Bullying Alliance