Bullying & Dyslexia – Stamp Bullying Out Now!

Bullying – Obesity & Heart Problems – is there a link?


A frustrated, upset child, or child with learning difficulties.

Many student’s with Dyslexia and other specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD’s) suffer from bullying because they may be seen by some of their peers as ‘different’ and usually take longer to do things, like, reading, spelling etc.

I know of someone with a six year old boy and when the children did their writing, they had to keep going up to the teacher’s desk to ask for a word to be spelt out, the child would write about ten words and spent the entire 20 minute session stood in the queue at the teacher’s desk. Isn’t that ridiculous and the other children would pick on him because he was stood there all the time and the teacher would make remarks like, ‘not you again’, ‘can’t you spell anything’. This was just asking for problems as if the child didn’t have enough already. The other children soon picked up on this and then they join in too. Some teachers need to re-think this method of ‘teaching’.

Nobody, regardless of age, should have to put up with being bullied. Treat people as you expect to be treated. Respect each other and ‘Stamp out Bullying Now’!

We all know how traumatic bullying is

Many of you know just how traumatic it can be when your children are being bullied at school; some of us will have been bullied ourselves when we were younger. I am not talking about the one-off isolated case, (although this is obviously not very nice), but children who are being bullied on a regular basis. Whilst many parents may have tried to deal with the situation when it arose, it would appear dealing with the problem at the time, is not the end of it at all.

There have been many studies on bullying, but the following research is the first to look at how bullying effected students in mid-life. This study by King’s College London, analysed over 7,000 cases of children born in 1958. The results, showed that many men and women who had been bullied at school, were at higher risk of developing:

Weight related issues, i.e.,

Mental health problems, i.e.,
Such as Depression

Higher blood inflammation leading to
Type-2 Diabetes
A higher risk of Strokes and
Cardiovascular (heart) disease.

In many cases in the media over the last few years, we have often heard schools have thought it best to move the student being bullied out of the situation. This has outraged many parents because their child who has done nothing wrong is moved and the bully is not punished. Doesn’t seem fair does it? It would appear that schools find this easiest. All schools have programmes to help prevent bullying behaviours, but this would often be at the cost of neglecting the children’s misery.
This is the first time, it appears that we now have proof that early intervention can help to stop these problems later on in life.
Who would have thought that by being bullied when you were at school could mean you were at higher risk of such serious health issues.

We must ‘Stamp out Bullying Now!’


Help & Support

Are you being Bullied? Do you know someone who is? There are several really good websites that can offer – free, confidential help for young people under 25. Get non-judgemental advice and support.


Help & support at: Kidscape

Our mission is to provide children, families, carers and professionals with advice, training and practical tools to prevent bullying and protect young lives.

General enquiries: info@kidscape.org.uk (Please note that as they receive a large number of emails it may take up to five working days to receive a response.)

Website: www.kidscape.org (24/7)



Worried about a child?

Contact our trained helpline counsellors for 24/7 help, advice and support.

Email:  help@nspcc.org.uk

Website:  www.nspcc.org.uk


Is your child being bullied? How do you deal with bullying? How do you talk to children about bullying?
Thomson’s informative guide is an excellent book and will give you a lot of help and advice


17-year old takes his own life –
We must ‘Stamp out Bullying Now!’

Another youngster takes his own life after cyber-bullying. Why do this cowards find it easier to bully someone online and probably someone they don’t even know? Cowards – I hope they are happy now!
A 17-year-old GAA player, from County Tyrone, was taken “advantage of and exploited” before taking his life over cyber bullying a priest told his mourners.

17-year old takes his own life

We must ‘Stamp out Bullying Now!’


Full Research Paper & Contact details:
Takizawa, R et al. (2015) ‘Bullying victimization in childhood predicts inflammation and obesity at mid-life: a five-decade birth cohort study’ Psychological Medicine doi:10.1017/S0033291715000653
For further media information please contact Jack Stonebridge, Press Officer, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience,
King’s College London jack.stonebridge@kcl.ac.uk/
For further information about King’s visit our ‘King’s in Brief’ page.