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Be aware of bullying

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is offering advice and support for those who may feel affected by bullying.

Bullying can have a negative impact on a young person’s work, health, self esteem and confidence. It can take many forms including physical, emotional and even text and internet bullying. Often parents and family members are the first to spot signs that their child is being bullied.

Bullying is usually defined as repeated behaviour which is intended to hurt someone either emotionally or physically, and is often aimed at certain people because of their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation or any other aspect such as appearance or disability.

It can take on many forms, including:

• Physical assault
• Teasing
• Making threats
• Name calling
• Cyber bullying

Lindsay Shelbourn, public health lead for mental health and suicide prevention, said: “Bullying can have devastating effects which can last into adulthood. Children who are bullied are at greater risk of developing mental health problems and in some cases it can lead to self-harm. Tackling bullying is everyone’s responsibility.”

Bullying can happen anywhere; at school, travelling to and from school, in sporting teams, between neighbours or in the workplace. It’s not acceptable and if you feel affected by bullying you can visit www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk

Call Family Lives on 0808 800 2222 for support and advice for parents on any aspect of parenting and family life, including bullying, or visit http://ow.ly/J7uG30gVkn7

For general information visit www.eastriding.gov.uk

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