Bullying is a serious problem in schools, and with children’s communication widened through the use of social media, it often happens in packs online, and extends into the home through cyberbullying.

Research by YouGov and Survation published last year found that 40 per cent of young people are bullied for their academic ability, and more than 39 per cent say this has impacted their school grades.

According to LGBT+ charity Stonewall, nearly half of LGBT+ pupils (45 per cent) are bullied because of who they are, and more than two in five trans young people, and 22 per cent of gay, lesbian and bi students have tried to take their own life.

Nearly half (46 per cent) of young people are anxious about going back to school because of the holidays as a result of bullying, and 70 per cent of parents – that’s nearly three quarters – don’t think head teachers are doing enough to stop bullying in schools.

indy100 reached out to psychiatric professionals and LGBT+ organisations, and collected a number of ways that parents can help if they believe their child is being bullied.

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