Everyone In East Sussex Urged To Stand Up To Bullies

Monday 5th September 2016

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As over 35,000 children in East Sussex start their new school term, the NSPCC are delighted to announce their support for the anti-bullying #Back2School campaign and ask EVERYONE  to stand up to bullying.

In total the UK will see 10 million children return to school and over half of these will be affected by bullying. The Diana Award's anti-bullying campaign will be running in September and it aims to encourage young people to think positively about returning to school and support them with their transition. It asks people of all ages to post or share a picture of themselves at school – past or present on social media with their back to school advice, using the hashtag #back2school  (note that twitter and Instagram users must be 13 years +)

It can often be hard for adults, including parents to know whether or not a child is being bullied. A child might not tell anyone because they're scared the bullying will get worse. They might think that they deserve to be bullied, or that it's their fault. Adults can’t always see the signs of bullying and no single sign indicates for certain that a child’s being bullied. But you should look out for:

  • Belongings getting “lost” or damaged
  • physical injuries such as unexplained bruises
  • being afraid to go to school, being mysteriously 'ill' each morning, or skipping school
  • not doing as well at school
  • asking for, or stealing, money (to give to a bully)
  • being nervous, losing confidence, or becoming distressed and withdrawn
  • problems with eating or sleeping
  • Bullying others.

We all know bullying can have a devastating impact on a young person’s life. It can leave them feeling anxious, depressed, lonely, worthless and scared.

The NSPCC Speak Out Stay Safe programme is doing all it can to teach children about abuse in all its forms and how to get help, including through Childline. Since the launch of the programme in East Sussex, it has reached almost 11,000 children through 174 school visits.

Anyone being bullied can speak to a counsellor by calling Childine on 0800 1111 or through a 1-2-1 chat online at www.childline.org. There is also advice from other young people on the online message boards.

More information on the #Back2School campaign can be found online.

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