The psychological and behavioural consequences of bullying victimisation are detrimental. Aside from its immediate health and psychological impact (Nansel et al., 2001; Rigby, 2000), being a bully victim in school is a predictor of low self-esteem, anxiety, and depression during adulthood and has a negative impact on subsequent socio-economic attainment
One of our members reports that their child was bullied throughout Nursery and Primary School. The child had a formal diagnosis of Floating Harbor Syndrome at the age of 4, yet teachers would punish the child for not listening in class or not responding appropriately to instructions. The child in question also has a intellectual disability, amongst other complex needs. Children would threaten the child, verbally and emotionally bully the child, and sadly, they were hit physically by other children in the playground and on the journey home. The child could not express their feelings to anyone for years, as they have social communication issues alongside their Learning Disability.
This all happened in mainstream education at Longniddry Primary School, Longniddry, East Lothian, Scotland and Channelkirk Primary School, Oxton, Scottish Borders.
Bullying is not just in the playgrounds, it is something that increasingly hits the headlines on our national news, under the name of cyber-bullying. Copious amounts of information is available on the do’s and dont’s for your children online, and we would advise that you have a look at a Childline and Anti-Bullying Alliance.
We will publish on this subject in the near future.