Bullying – News

16/03/2019: Anti-bullying work should never stop, teachers told

Prejudice and racism are complex social problems, not isolated to schools. But it’s clear that schools can play a hugely valuable role in helping to bring about social justice and change by addressing these issues through education, learning and fostering positive relationships. Unfortunately, it’s all too clear that racism and prejudice-based bullying affect the lives of too many children and young people.

07/02/2019: ‘Bullying and social media tore me down emotionally’

When I was in school I had a tough time. I was bullied every day until I dropped out of the education system aged 14, feeling isolated, lonely and eventually depressed and anxious. I was bullied for something as simple as the kind of music I liked, and for things I couldn’t control.

05/02/2019: Hampshire sexting victim felt she was ‘in a zoo’

When she was 14, Megan Hinton was tricked into sending a naked photo of herself over social media and suffered abuse at school as a result. She was trying to fit in at a new school, after being bullied at her previous one. She thought she was being pressured by a boy she was friends with to send the picture.

02/02/2019: 6 ways to support isolated pupils

We’ve all been there: we have watched the masses home in on a single, unfortunate pupil. It’s much like an episode of a nature programme; the gazelle with the gammy knee is getting picked off by the boisterous lions: some are there for hunger, some for sport, some because they have nothing better to do and need light (but brutal) entertainment.

22/01/2019: Father of 14-year-old schoolgirl who took her own life after looking at pictures that glorified self-harm and suicide says social media is to blame

The father of a schoolgirl who committed suicide has accused Instagram of helping to kill her. Ian Russell said 14-year-old Molly took her own life after looking at pictures on the social network that glorified self-harm and suicide. Molly was found dead just hours after handing in her homework and returning to her family home, where she had packed a bag to go to school the next day.

02/01/2019: One in 10 Wales secondary school pupils ‘bullied weekly’

Individual school policies on bullying should be replaced by a national strategy, a leading expert has said. Bangor University’s Prof Judy Hutchings said bullying decreased in Finland after this approach was adopted. One in 10 secondary school pupils in Wales are bullied weekly and 35% have been targeted in the last two months, according to figures from the Schools Health Research Network.

21/12/2018: How LGBTQ+ hate crime is committed by young people against young people

Alex Jones has a pair of headphones that completely covers his ears. “If I’m ever out and about I usually wear them,” he says. “So I don’t hear anything transphobic.” Alex came out to his friends and family as trans in 2013 aged 15. He describes it as an “empowering” move – but claims that he was bullied more at school as a result. He says that he started receiving a steady trickle of slurs like “tranny” from anonymous accounts on social media.

04/12/2018: Autistic License

A Plymouth girl who was constantly bullied as a result of her autism has created a poster to promote understanding of the condition. Becky Thorn, 25, was diagnosed with autism at 13, but didn’t find out until later when she overheard a school receptionist refer to her as ‘the autistic girl’. Confused by this comment, she questioned her parents, who told her that they had kept the diagnosis from her on the advice of a childhood psychiatrist.

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.

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.

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.

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+.

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.”

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.

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.

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”.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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