There is no fun in bullying. Nowadays, most schools in Australia have strong policies against it. School bullying is unacceptable and is now deemed illegal and punishable by law. Bullying is the intentional act of harassing in physical, verbal, or psychological ways. Sometimes bullying is done by humiliating and spreading rumors about the bullied child. Other time children use social media or electronic messaging to hurt someone else’s feelings.
It’s important to take bullying seriously and not just brush it off as something that will “toughen up” a child. On the surface bullying can be perceived as teasing however bullying can be physically and emotionally frightening. The effects of bullying can be very serious and affect a child’s sense of safety and self-worth for years. In severe cases, bullying has lead to tragedies, such as suicide and a history of chronic depression. Most children who are a target of ongoing bullying end up having poor academic progress and difficulties making and trusting friends.
Most of us have experienced bullying at some stage of our lives and just because it is common does not mean it is acceptable and that your child has to put up with the abuse.