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Tips for Parents and Carers


If your child is being bullied or you think they might be, here are some tips on how to talk to them and prevent further bullying.

  • If your child is being bullied, don’t panic. Explain to your child that the bullying is not their fault and together you will sort this out.
  • Bullying is never acceptable; and should always be taken seriously. It is never your child’s fault if they’ve been bullied.
  • Try and establish the facts. It can be helpful to keep a diary of events. If the bullying is online, save or copy images and text.
  • Find out what your child wants to happen. Help to identify steps you can take; and the skills they have to help sort out the situation. Make sure you always keep them informed about any actions you decide to take.
  • You may be tempted to tell your child to retaliate but this can have unpredictable results. Your child might get into trouble or get even more hurt. Rather – role play non-violent ways they can respond to children that are bullying them (e.g. “I don’t like it when you say that to me / do that to me. Stop.”); show them how to block or unfriend people if the bullying is online and help them identify other friends or adults that can support them.
  • Encourage your child to get involved in activities that build their confidence and esteem, and help them to form friendships outside of school (or wherever the bullying is taking place).
Get some advice.

There are many organisations that can give you some advice.

Contact them if you are worried about bullying and want to talk to someone.

You can access the free anti-bullying online information tool at



Report It

Phone: 01942 884 144

Anti Bullying Line: 01942 766915

by Email:


Get Help

There are many organisations who can help you in the fight against bullying.  Here are just a few:

Childline: 0800 1111

NSPCC: 0800 800 5000

Samaritans: 08457 90 90 90


CEOP: 0870 000 3344

Anti-Bullying Campaign:
0207 378 1446

Children’s Legal Centre:
01206 873 820

Kidscape: 0207 730 3300

Parentline Plus: 0808 800 2222