Bullying can mean many different things. These are some ways children and young people have described bullying:
being called names
being pushed or pulled about
being hit or attacked
having your possessions taken and thrown around
having rumours spread about you
being ignored and left out
being forced to hand over money or possessions
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What is bullying?
Bullying is when a person or group repeatedly tries to harm
someone who is weaker. Sometimes it involves direct attacks such as hitting, name calling, teasing or taunting. Sometimes it is indirect, such as spreading rumors or trying to make others reject someone.
What are the different types of bullying?
Bullying can take many different forms including physical, verbal, social and psychological (for example keeping someone out of a group).
belongings/demanding money. Many different studies have found the most common type to be unpleasant and hurtful name-calling. How common is bullying?
Studies in many different countries over the last twenty years have shown that bullying in schools is common. It is not unusual to find that between a third to a half of the pupils were involved in bullying, either as victims or bullies.
What does it feel like to be bullied?
Bullying hurts. It makes you scared and upset. It can make you so worried that you can't work well at school. Some children have have skipped school to get away from it. It can make you feel that you are no good, that there is something wrong with you. Bullies can make you feel that it's your fault.
Who do children tell when they are being bullied?
Many studies have found that children who are being bullied become less likely to tell as they get older, and when they do confide in someone, it is much more likely to be a family member or friend than a teacher. A worrying finding of many studies is that a lot of children do not tell anyone. Creating an atmosphere of openness in which children feel safe enough to talk to an adult about problems, is one of the key challenges for schools.
Why don't children tell?
Children give a variety of reasons for not telling an adult about bullying, ranging from being afraid of what the bullies might do if they found out, to feelings of failure because they could not deal with
The reasons that children give for not telling are usually reasonable and logical. The fear of revenge is real and should be acknowledged. However, this fear is sometimes expressed in another way - as a fear that the adult will do something which will make matters worse. What does it feel like to be bullied?
Bullying causes distress, at times, an extreme extent of low self confidence, low self esteem, stress etc affecting the victim. Understanding the range of emotions that may be experienced by a bullied child, at one end of the spectrum it is upsetting for a short time. At the other end it can drive a child to think about the event for years
What is the role of peers in bullying?
Studies have found that peers do play an important part in bullying whether they are openly encouraging it or 'just' standing by and watching. It has been suggested that if witnesses of bullying are not actively trying to prevent it, they are encouraging it (whether they realize it or not).
What are the feelings of bystanders?
As the findings presented here suggest, bystanders have different feelings about bullying. Some are upset by it, but unfortunately there are some who seem to enjoy it.
Are some children more likely to be bullied than others?
Bullying can happen to anyone, at any time in their school career, but there are some characteristics and factors which might make it more likely.
Any child can...
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