Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behaviour, the behaviour is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as being threatening or making threats, spreading rumours verbally or on social media, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.
Bullying has increased due to the increased use of the internet and access to social media. It has become easier to threaten abuse or intimidate others.
If you think you are being bullied
Different tactics and approaches work for different people and different types of bullying. Firstly, you should begin by telling the person, or group if possible that you are unhappy with their behaviour and tis upsetting you. Speaking to a bully can be empowering and sometimes, it may be all that’s needed to stop their behaviour. If their behaviour doesn’t stop then talking to someone else may help.
Remember, bullies are human; the only difference between you and them is that YOU are not a bully. Most bullies will want you to react and to upset and anger you. Try to show a bully you are not angry or scared as they will begin to lose their power.
Who can I speak to?
There are many people you can speak to, in and out of school. The type of bullying and severity of bullying is also a key issue.
- Parents or carers
- Heads of Year
- Peer Mentors
- Bullying websites (See in links)
As well as physical and emotional bullying, cyber bullying is on the rise. Remember you can delete accounts, block people or suspend your social media sites if you feel threatened, worried or intimidated in any way. Be sure to screen-shot anything you feel could be used to prove someone is bullying you electronically.