This week is Anti-Bullying Week, and so it’s appropriate that we bring you a problem about bullying from a mum of two…please share your own experiences to help this mum and her children…
They go to different schools, and have just a couple of good friends each – and even those relationships are rocky, so it came as no surprise to find that both of them are being bullied, one because she wears glasses and the eldest because she is adopted.
I’ve talked to both schools and surprisingly it’s the youngest’s school that is most willing to help and support – they’ve offered a buddy, a safe supervised space at lunchtime so she can get away from the playground if she wants, they’ve offered a word with the offenders, and the playground staff are going to keep a slightly keener eye.
But eldest’s school are less keen to step in, and have suggested that she needs to learn how to encounter and deal with this herself to prepare for the future, when they think it will inevitably get worse. I’m disappointed in this approach, but short of going to the Governors, is there anything I can do? My daughter is an anxious person anyway and I worry about the ways she might begin to express her anxiety at this obvious bullying.
You can find out more about Anti-Bullying Week here.