SCHOOL days, we are often told, are the best days of our lives and perhaps we don’t always appreciate that.
For some, school days hold nerves that turn into nightmares as they recall those who bullied and made their lives a misery.
This week is Anti-Bullying Week and it is a timely reminder that bullying does happen and that it must stop.
As an elected representative, I have had to deal with incidents of bullying in schools across the Ards borough and Strangford, and to support worried parents as they try to deal with their children’s tears, being upset and not wanting to go to school.
Every school has in place an anti-bullying strategy.
“Everybody is somebody” embodies the theme of Anti-Bullying Week here in Northern Ireland and is supported by Translink and the Department of Education.
Bullying causes a great deal of distress and all children need to be aware of the implications of such behaviour.
Some children experience bullying because they are perceived to be different – this can be because of small things.
By focusing attention on bullying it is important that young people think about how someone may be bullied because of others thinking they are different and what they can do to stop it.
Listen to your children, look for signs of worry and distress and contact the headmaster or teacher immediately if you suspect that your child is being bullied.
Together let’s stamp out bullying – after all everybody is somebody.
MP for Strangford