Bullying Matters

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Source: http://www.olweus.org/public/bullying.page 

What is Bullying?

1. Bullying is aggressive behavior that involves unwanted, negative actions.

2. Bullying involves a pattern of behavior repeated over time.

3. Bullying involves an imbalance of power or strength.

Types of Bullying

1. Verbal bullying including derogatory comments and bad names

2. Bullying through social exclusion or isolation

3. Physical bullying such as hitting, kicking, shoving, and spitting

4. Bullying through lies and false rumors

5. Having money or other things taken or damaged by students who bully

6. Being threatened or being forced to do things by students who bully

7. Racial bullying

8. Sexual bullying

9. Cyber bullying (via mobile phone or Internet)

Why Do Students Bully?

1. Students who bully have strong needs for power and (negative) dominance.

2. Students who bully find satisfaction in causing injury and suffering to other students.

3. Students who bully are often rewarded in some way for their behavior with material or psychological rewards.

The Possible Impacts of Bullying

1. Depression

2. Low self-esteem

3. Health problems

4. Poor grades

5. Suicidal thoughts

Bullying Advice

Are you being bullied and don't know what to do? Then this page should give you some options.

The simple one would be to tell your parent/guardian or someone that you trust e.g. a teacher, a sibling.

If you don't feel comfortable talking to one of them then you could quietly talk to a friend and ask for their advice.

Don't like any of the previous options? Then you could talk to your schools bullying coordinator or a youth group worker. Also, in most schools there is a 'Bullying Box' where you write what's been going on and put it into the box anonymously so your schools bullying coordinator can try and sort out what is happening.

If you really don't like the idea of speaking to someone you know well about it, then you can get plently of help online. www.cybermentors.org is a brilliant website with free chatrooms that you can talk to people your age about what's going on. Or, you can speak to a trained cybermentor who will keep all your information that you tell them private and confidential. You can also ring childline on 0800 1111 for free to speak to one of their members of staff. The service is open 24/7 and the advice they give is 100% free and confidential.

How Can I Help?

By spreading the word of anti-bullying within your family, with your friends, at school...anywhere! You could raise awareness just by speaking to people about it our making a big event about it at school or your workplace. Whatever way you fancy, get the word out there!

Also, if you have a lot of time on your hands then why don't you set up your own anti-bullying campaign to help support others? If you don't feel up to this then why don't you try and get involved and help with some one else's?

Also,if you're 13-19, you could become a Cyber Mentor. Check out  www.cybermentors.org for more information.