Bullying

Barack Obama was bullied at school so there’s no reason why it should ruin your life. But that doesn’t mean you have to put up with it.

Bullying can take many forms: trying to hurt someone, name calling, jokes, graffiti or just ignoring someone. It can also involve texting, emails and technology..


‘It’s not really bullying, it’s just having a laugh isn’t it?’ 
Wrong!

 

 


‘There’s nothing I can do about it.’ 
Not true:
All schools have a legal duty to act on bullying.


 

Cyber bullying

What is cyber bullying?
It means using new technology to threaten or make fun of someone. It could be done through email, mobile, social networking sites, instant messaging, a chatroom or online gaming.

Cyber bullying can involve

  • Sending or posting abusive comments or images.
  • Sending viruses that can damage someone’s computer.
  • Posting personal details of someone for others to see.
  • Using someone’s messaging accounts and pretending to be them.

 


"Don't be a bully. Try to see the humour in life. If you can't laugh, what can you do? Just smiling at someone can make their day. No matter what their age."
(A Sheffield Futures Youth Work Apprentice)



 

If you're being bullied

  • Tell someone.
  • Spend time with your friends – bullies rarely pick on people in groups.
  • Write down everything that happens with names and dates.

If someone you know is being bullied

  • Listen to them and take it seriously.
  • Try to make sure they are never on their own at school.
  • Pass on names of organisations that can help.
  • Tell someone.
  • Never, ever join in.

 


‘Ignore bullies – they’re just people who aren’t happy with their lives.’

(A Sheffield Futures Youth Work Apprentice)


Am I a cyberbully?

Have you ever:

  • Forwarded a racist, sexist or homophobic email (even if you haven’t written it yourself)?
  • Visited a page on a social networking site that makes fun of someone?
  • Laughed at a humiliating email, text message or blog posting?
  • Been abusive while playing an online game?
  • Forwarded a humiliating text or photo?
  • Posted someone’s personal information without asking them?

If you do any of these things you become part of the problem.

Getting help

Start by telling people what's going on. Your parents or carers, your teachers and your friends can all help support and protect you. 

Your school will have an anti bullying policy - find out what it is.

You can use technology to help e.g. blocking numbers or deleting or unfriending people on social networking sites.

It's worth keeping a record of what's happening e.g. by saving or copying abusive messages.

The following organisations can also help.

Childline
Tel;: 0800 1111
http://www.childline.org.uk

Anti Bullying Network
www.antibullying.net

Bullying online                   
www.bullying.co.uk

Kidscape                             
Tel: 08451 205 204
www.kidscape.org.uk

Beat Bullying
http://www.beatbullying.org

Thinkuknow
www.thinkuknow.co.uk

Hate crime
Bullying because of race, ethnicity or sexual orientation is a hate crime. You can report it online at:
www.report-it.org.uk/your_police_force

 

 

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