If your child is experiencing bullying it can be a very traumatic time not only in their life but also yours. Here is a resource sheet compiling all the useful information from across the world wide web that may be of assistance to you when thinking how to tackle such a sensitive subject.
Young peoples perspectives:
This blog is from a young lady who has been a part of the education system in many different ways, from mainstream, grammar, university and specialist VI Megan discusses her varying experiences within each institution. This is a great positive post about the problems she faced at school and how she handled them.
School is also the first place where you make friends and create a social life for yourself; failing to do this can make school a lonely and difficult place. Growing up isn’t easy for most people and having additional needs makes the process more complicated.
This is another blog for the VI Able Solutions website, written by Megan Paul. In this blog she talks very candidly about public scrutiny and how she has worked on how she reacts to judgmental people. This great and refreshing perspective offers practical solutions that you could possible discuss with your own child if they are feeling a little uncomfortable with how society reacts to them and their disability.
I’ve recently discovered that I’m not alone. In fact, there are a lot of people with disabilities who hate the attention.
This blog has been written on the Nataemily blog website, she aims to share her world as a disabled person with Visual Impairment. This is a great post and looks directly at bullying and visual impairment. She talks about what methods she has used to help her feel better after she experienced bullying. Definitely worth a read if you want to pro-actively guide your child through any problems they may be facing and gives some great advise.
For my own experiences of bullying, for a time, the effects made me feel negativity toward myself and particularly my visual impairment. What I found helpful was to meet other disabled and visually impaired people who have inspired me with their determination. I slowly changed my perception of my own visual impairment and disability from being negative to positive.
Parent perspective blogs:
This blog post created for the wonderbaby.org website, written by parent Mary McDonach. She looks at why children bully others who are deemed as different and what you can do as a parent to equip your child with some essential life skills.
Even though you see a perfect, wonderful little child, you know that other kids will see someone who is different, and it’s differencethat usually motivates kids to act out, ostracize, or even bully other children.
Here is a post written by Mallak about her daughter Mera, this posy was created for the throughscarlettseyes.com website. This is a really lovely story about how Mallak is taking a pro-active approach with the other students at her daughter’s nursery and how she gave them an insight into her daughter’s world.
Here is a post written by myself for the throughscarlettseyes.com website. Sometimes somethings in life just happen, they create a thought process, sometimes good, sometimes bad. I think when I wrote this article I had encountered a number of horror stories about children who had been treated unfairly by their peers and teachers. I suppose if you worry, then it means you care, but the question is how useful is worrying?
This post has been brought to us by parent Elizabeth Legg, this is a very sad story about the horrible experiences her daughter had at the hands of bullies. Both peers and teachers, the mainstream education was simply just not well enough equip to help her daughter Jamie.
VI Charities and Organisation links:
This post from the Nystagmus Network website has been written by Tom Barton. He talks about what kind of responses you could potentially get from people due to the sight impairment and what are the best ways to handle it.
Here is the link to a very informative post created for parent’s by charity Blind Children UK. This post looks at specifically how certain activities can be made more inclusive to children who have a sight condition as a proactive approach to children being ostracised.
Here is a brilliant post brought to use by the RNIB, its has been created following a study that was done by the organisation on children in secondary education. This post highlights the horrifying facts with regards to children who have a sight problem and bullying.
Here is another post from the RNIB website, this details a number of agencies that can help if you are experiencing some form of bullying, it also includes a word document that you can download and print and it tells you what do to if you are being bullied. I have provided the link and attached the word document below.
Here is a link to throughscarlettseyes.com Beat the Bullies information pack, on this page it page it gives hints and tips to what warning signs you should be looking out for. It also looks specifically at children with additonal needs and the best ways to approach the school with any concerns, there is also lots of contact information for a variety of agencies that can help with any concerns.
Always remember you are not alone! There are lots of ways in which you can help your child if you feel they are being treated unfairly.