|What is bullying?
Bullying is a big concern for many parents and, if your child is distressed
by any sort of bullying, then it should be taken seriously. Bullying
is defined as persistent unwelcome behaviour and can include anything
from teasing, deliberately ostracising someone to assaults and abuse.
For more information on how to spot if your child is a victim of bullying
go to the Scottish Anti-Bullying Network www.antibullying.net
Bullies will use many ways to get at their victims and the Internet
gives them yet another method. This form of bullying is sometimes
called cyber bullying and describes the misuse of email systems
or the Internet for harassing people, such as by sending unpleasant
or aggressive messages. Although this is a recent phenomenon and
may not yet be taken seriously by everyone, bullying of all kinds
is wrong and should be challenged. The good news is that there are
some direct practical steps that you can take to help your child
if they are a victim.