News – Bullying

17/07/2021: Can social media stop abuse?

It was sadly predictable – defeat for England in the final of the Euros was followed by a wave of racial abuse on social media aimed at the footballers who had missed penalties.

15/07/2021: What more can be done to stop racist abuse online?

Racist abuse directed at black England footballers has intensified calls for stronger action to stamp out hate online. Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho were targeted after they missed penalties in the Euro 2020 final. The government has promised its Online Safety Bill will do more to force social media companies to act.

26/05/2021: Bradley John inquest: Threats ‘broke his spirit’, says sister

A 14-year-old boy found hanged at his school was called names and had his horses threatened, his sister said. “In the end I think it broke his spirit a bit,” she added. Bradley John died after being found in a toilet block at St John Lloyd Catholic Comprehensive School in Llanelli in September 2018. An inquest is taking place in the town hall, with his sister and grandmother describing incidents including someone spitting in his lunch.

05/12/2020: Bullying: Schoolmates ‘told me to die’ in online posts

“I went online to make friends with people who were similar to me, so I could be myself, but when the other kids in school found my profile they made fun out of me.” About one in five children aged 10-15 in England and Wales suffered at least one form of online bullying in the year to March 2020, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Charley Oliver-Holland was 12 when she started getting bullied. She always had friends, but did not really fit in at high school.

19/11/2020: Homophobic and racist online bullying increasing, research warns

Homophobic and racist cyber bullying among children has trebled since 2015, a new survey has revealed. The survey found that 15 per cent of online bullying messages among children is LGBT+ related, compared with four per cent in 2015. Over the same period the proportion of racist bullying online rose from four to 13 per cent, according to research by young people’s consultancy and internet industry body Internet Matters, from their study of around 15,000 pupils which began last year.

16/11/2020: Bullying: ‘They’d spit at me and film it’

“They’d spit at me, take my glasses off and record it, thinking it was funny then send it round different group chats or post it on their Snapchat stories.” This is Abigail’s story – she’s a 17-year-old college student from Manchester, who dreams of becoming a primary school teacher. She was bullied throughout secondary school and says she had to move several times to escape. A survey by youth charity Ditch the Label suggests a quarter of 12-18 year olds in the UK have been bullied.

16/11/2020: #Chances4Children: UK unites for Anti-Bullying Week

New research by the Anti-Bullying Alliance shows that despite the pandemic leading to school closures a third of children in England said that they have been victims during the last six months. A poll of 2,000 11- to 16-year-olds, published to mark Anti-Bullying Week, which runs from 16 to 21 November, found that one in five children said they were on the receiving end of bullying behaviour once per week or more.

16/11/2020: One in five children in England and Wales experienced online bullying in 2019

Nearly one in five children experienced some form of online bullying last year, figures show, amid warnings that the problem has worsened during lockdown. More than half (52%) of the children who were bullied online went on to say that they would not describe the behaviour involved as bullying, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), while one in four did not tell anyone.

06/08/2020: Student sends anti-bullying message through song

A student has released a music video in which she wipes off her body all of the names that she was called when she was bullied at school. Hannah Lou Reid, 19, is from Plymouth, Devon, but studies songwriting at BIMM Bristol. She wrote the track “Left Up Down Right” to process her own feelings about bullying and body positivity, as well as to send a message to other victims that “you can heal, and the words won’t stick with you forever”.

04/03/2020: Coronavirus: Illness sparks rise in racist bullying in schools

Education leaders have written to the government calling for coronavirus advice for schools to be extended to cover a rise in racist bullying relating to the disease. Teachers’ union NASWUT said it had seen an increase in “incidences of abuse, prejudice, xenophobia and racism as a result of the coronavirus, particularly against Chinese and other East Asian ethnicities and those perceived to be from these communities”.

10/12/2019: Teachers asked to open up about being bullied

A school that produced a video of teachers speaking up about their experiences of bullying has advised other schools to do the same as a way of helping their “most vulnerable” students. Pupils at Perins School in Alresford, Hampshire, were shown a video of teachers describing their experiences of bullying, with some staff members reporting that their experiences had made them depressed or led them to self-harm.

12/11/2019: Anti-Bullying Week 2019: ‘We must listen to those who are bullied’

Up to 30 per cent of young people claim to have experienced bullying, and now is the time to listen to them. They see and experience bullying behaviour, they understand it and its impact, and, therefore, they should be the people we listen to when developing new strategies to address it. Their voices can make policy-making and practice stronger, more appropriate and, ultimately, better able to meet young people’s needs.

11/11/2019: Bullying: Fifth of young people in UK have been victims in past year

A fifth of young people in the UK have been bullied in the past 12 months, an annual report has found. Three out of four people who were bullied said it affected their mental health and nearly half became depressed as a result, according to the study by charity Ditch the Label. About a third of those bullied were targeted at least once a week.

08/11/2019: One in 10 students ‘misses school due to bullying’

One in 10 children says they have missed school due to bullying, according to a new poll. The survey suggests that many young people take action to avoid bullies, such as changing their route to and from school, not spending time with friends and avoiding social media. The Anti-Bullying Alliance, which commissioned the poll, said everyone has a part to play in reducing bullying.

01/10/2019: Vulnerable pupils bullied online over ‘sadfishing’

Schoolchildren seeking solace online are being affected by the latest toxic social media trend, “sadfishing”, a new report warns. Youngsters are being accused of attention-seeking after sharing details about personal issues online in search of support, it says. “Sadfishing” has been used to describe someone’s attempt to attract attention, sympathy or hook an audience through posting about an emotional problem.

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