16/11/2018: Online Bullying – Practical Advice for Teachers

Quite often, teachers can be the first to suspect that a child is having a bad time. Children who are being bullied online could become withdrawn, isolating themselves from their peers, or seeming more tired or distracted in class. They could actually behave differently, or become angry or upset more easily. If you suspect someone you are teaching may be being bullied online, here is some advice from the Professionals Online Safety Helpline.

Source: South West Grid for Learning

13/11/2018: Bullying: It’s emotional

Turn to the topic of bullying, whether it’s at a conference or a dinner party, and people’s perspectives vary widely; but mostly are drawn from their own experiences. It’s a very personal thing to discuss. Many people can relate to times in their lives when they may have felt isolated; targeted; at the receiving end of something unpleasant.

Source: South West Grid for Learning

12/11/2018: Nearly 5,000 children under-11 years old contacted Childline over bullying last year

Almost 5,000 children under 11 had to be counselled for bullying and cyberbullying last year, Childline has revealed. The national helpline said young children were regularly being targeted by peers online, at school and in their neighbourhoods. And bullying was the most frequently discussed problem for under-11s who contacted its counsellors, the charity added.

Source: Daily Mail

12/11/2018: Nearly half of school pupils say friends use discriminatory language towards LGBT+ people

Nearly half of school pupils have heard friends use language that is discriminatory or negative towards LGBT+ students, research finds. More than one in three (35 per cent) young people have been called gay or lesbian as an insult, according to the new survey from The Diana Award charity. The poll, of children aged between 11 and 16, found that nearly half of young people (43 per cent) have heard their friends use language that is discriminatory or negative towards being LGBT+.

Source: Independent

10/11/2018: ‘Our pupils would have been on the scrapheap’: the school for bullied children

The bullying started when Hannah Letters was 11. “I struggled with the transition to secondary school and found it hard to make friends.” Her classmates made snide comments about her appearance. When her mother was diagnosed with cancer, the comments got worse. She was sent messages on social media, telling her that no one liked her. “One of the girls turned and said to me, ‘If you had looked after your mother better, she wouldn’t have got cancer.’ I had such low self-esteem by then, anything she said I believed. I started to blame myself.”

Source: Guardian

09/11/2018: Bullying: Children point finger at adults

Children want adults to show each other more respect, with four out of 10 (41%) seeing grown-ups bullying each other in the past six months, a survey says. Research among 1,001 children aged 11 to 16 by the Anti-Bullying Alliance suggests worrying numbers of children see adults setting a bad example.

Source: BBC

09/11/2018: One school pupil in every classroom is bullied every single day, survey suggests

One child in every classroom has been bullied every single day over past six months, survey suggests. Almost half (45 per cent) of 11 to 16-year-olds questioned said they had been bullied face-to-face, and more than a third (34 per cent) have been bullied online, at least once in the last six months.

Source: Independent

23/10/2018: Street harassment ‘relentless’ for women and girls

The government is failing to address street harassment of women and young girls in the UK, a new report has said. The Women and Equalities Committee of MPs is calling for urgent action to tackle public sexual harassment after it carried out a nine-month inquiry. It said the “relentless” nature of the behaviour “normalised” it for girls growing up, “contributing to a wider negative cultural effect on society”.

Source: BBC

18/09/2018: Rise in young people seeking help over peer-on-peer abuse in UK

Children and young people are increasingly seeking help over peer-on-peer sexual abuse, with a 29% jump in demand for counselling sessions in the last year, according to a leading UK helpline. Childline, a counselling service for young people up to the age of 19, warns the scale of the problem could be much greater than current figures suggest, as many children and teenagers do not understand that what has happened to them is abuse.

Source: Guardian

18/09/2018: 29% rise in counselling sessions on peer sexual abuse

Childline has re-launched its #ListenToYourSelfie campaign after it held 3,878 counselling sessions about peer-on-peer sexual abuse in 2017/18 – a 29% rise since last year. #ListenToYourSelfie aims to prevent peer-on-peer abuse and encourgages young people to seek help if they’re in an unhealthy relationship.

Source: NSPCC

03/09/2018: Bullied pupils scared to put hands up in class

More than half of 11 to 16-year-olds in the UK who have been bullied because of their academic ability say they are afraid to put their hands up to answer questions in class. According to a survey of more than 1,000 young people carried out by charity The Diana Award, 40 per cent say they have been bullied for their academic ability, while 22 per cent have changed school because of bullying problems.

Source: Times Education Supplement

04/07/2018: ‘Try and get over it’: the problem with how bullying allegations are handled

David Jones writes about how bullying allegations have been handled in a residential children’s home and the strains it puts on children and workers. “The system is seriously flawed and fails to consider the emotional impact on both staff and young people. It can be a real minefield.” This was the view of a disillusioned colleague when we were discussing the subject of bullying in the home, and he knew what he was talking about, having had to submit a formal complaint about a colleague who had made his life intolerable for over two months.

Source: Community Care

01/07/2018: Is a ‘snitch’ culture skewing your bullying data?

Is your data on bullying actually painting a true picture of how much bullying goes on in your school? Luke Roberts, a researcher at the University of Cambridge, doesn’t think so. Writing in the 29 June issue of Tes, he explains that focus group research with students across the country has suggested that a “snitch” culture in schools is likely to be skewing the numbers.

Source: Times Education Supplement

21/06/2018: Abusive comments are one of the main causes of upset for young people online

A report published today (Thursday 21 June 2018) by SWGfL – one of the partners in the UK Safer Internet Centre, along with Childnet and the Internet Watch Foundation – shows that many young people said “Abusive comments from peers” is one of the main things to cause them to get upset when online.

Source: Internet Watch Foundation

21/06/2018: Abusive Comments One of Main causes of Upset for Young People Online

SWGfL has today (Thursday 21 June 2018) published a report that explores what causes young people upset online.

The report into ‘what causes young people upset online’ is the second in a series, titled Young People, Internet Use and Wellbeing in the UK. Compiled by Professor Andy Phippen from Plymouth University, the series explores the role of technology on young people’s wellbeing. Each report in the series will have a specific area of focus, such as gender, age differences, and what harmful content means to young people. It assesses data provided by more than 8,200 young people from the age of 9 – 18 across over 100 schools in the UK.

Source: South West Grid for Learning

23/05/2018: ‘Give lessons on appearance-related bullying’

A charity has called on schools to include the topic of appearance-related bullying in PSHE lessons amid evidence that most young people have experienced cruel or unpleasant comments about the way they look. The level of appearance-related bullying has been highlighted by Changing Faces, a charity that supports people who have a visible difference.

Source: Times Education Supplement

07/05/2018: YouTube stars are trading in children’s sexual misery by goading teens into shaming schoolmates and then putting videos online

If you saw these young men wandering around a shopping centre with a microphone talking to teenagers, you might think it’s just a bit of harmless fun. But what they are doing is not an innocent prank. They are preying on children as part of a disturbing online trend known as ‘baiting out’.

Source: Daily Mail

02/04/2018: ‘Bullying and sexual harassment are facts of life for many pupils’

Sexual harassment and bullying appear to be a daily fact of life for many children and young people, says a teaching union. A survey conducted by teaching union NASUWT found that 86 per cent of teachers were aware of pupils sharing messages, photos or videos of a sexual nature with one another. One teacher who responded to the survey reported pupils “photoshopping pupils’ faces onto pornographic images”, while another reported that “students send ‘dick pics’ and this is happening in Year 7”.

Source: Times Education Supplement

Anti-Bullying: Are you a boy or a girl? (Stonewall)

Bullying | KS2

This lesson plan has been designed to support you in your discussion of gender, gender stereotyping and gender identity with your pupils. The story, “Are you a boy or are you a girl?” lends itself to discussions of what it might mean to question your gender, and help support pupils who are gender variant and their classmates. There are some poignant questions at the end of the book that pupils could choose from, which allow for differentiation, a range of answers and method of completion.

Anti-Bullying: Secondary Assembly (Stonewall)

Bullying | KS3, KS4

This assembly explores some of the differences that exist within the LGBT community, specifically some the differences between the experiences of LGB and trans people. This assembly draws on what we know of young trans people’s experiences in schools in the UK today, as shown in our 2017 School Report, and seeks to empower secondary schools to tackle this type of bullying head on. It also aims to dispel common myths or misconceptions about trans people and encourage alliances in recognition of the challenges young trans people may face.

I am Holly (Bedford High School, Greater Manchester)

Online Safety, Bullying | KS3, KS4

This powerful video from Bedford High School looks at online and offline bullying and shows how someone being bullied might feel. It also describes how we can help someone who is being bullied by standing up to bullying.

Interactive anti-bullying tool for parents

Bullying | Parent, Professional

Welcome to the Interactive Anti-Bullying Parent Information Tool. It aims to give you information about bullying in an interactive way. Please click on the image below to access the tool. If you have any questions / queries please follow the links in the Resources and Advice section of the tool.

UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) Education for a Connected World Framework

Online Safety, Bullying | KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4

The Education for a Connected World framework describes the Digital knowledge and skills that children and young people should have the opportunity to develop at different ages and stages of their lives. It highlights what a child should know in terms of current online technology, its influence on behaviour and development, and what skills they need to be able to navigate it.

VoiceBox (Childline)

Online Safety, PSHE, Bullying, Diversity | KS3, KS4

The Voicebox videos on YouTube feature mostly youngish adults and are short discussions about various different topics including online safety and bullying. The videos are produced on a weekly basis so it is worth signing up to the channel for notifications. Other material can be found on the Childline website

Approaches to preventing and tackling bullying

Added: 22/06/2018 at 8:44 am Category: Bullying, Health/Wellbeing

Qualitative research to understand anti-bullying practices schools have found effective.

These include approaches to tackling bullying generally and more specific types of bullying, for example:
•racial bullying
•special educational needs and disability (SEND) bullying
•lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) bullying

The report contains common themes found throughout the research and 7 case studies. It’s intended to be used as a resource by schools and other stakeholders looking for examples of anti-bullying practices.

The Annual Bullying Survey 2018

Added: 25/10/2018 at 10:06 am Category: Bullying

This year, we are celebrating our sixth annual edition of this crucial body of evidence; documenting the true extent and nature of bullying behaviours from the real and often unheard voices of the young people who experience it. As always, 50% of the report benchmarks bullying behaviours, with the remainder of the survey this year exploring the bystanders to bullying. We wanted to measure the impact that bullying has on those who witness it, along with tracking if, how and why people intervene, along with a measurement of what happened as a result of intervention. This research enables us to bridge the gap when it comes to empowering bystanders to intervene in safe and impactful ways.