According to research almost half of all children and young people say that they’ve been bullied at some point during their time at school, according to the Tellus4 National Report (carried out in 2009). Bullying can take many forms and often happens in front of other people; teasing, spreading rumours to physical abuse. Cyberbullying, increasingly common both inside and outside school, is any form of bullying that involves the use of mobile phones or the internet. For example, sending offensive text messages and emails, circulating degrading images on the internet, or impersonating someone on social media sites.
Bullying makes the lives of its victims miserable. It undermines their confidence and destroys their sense of security. It can cause sadness, loneliness, low self-esteem, fear, anxiety and poor concentration, and lead to self-harm, depression, suicidal thoughts and, in some cases, suicide.
We’ve been struck by a few tragic results of bullying in the UK lately, but this is a increasing world wide issue, with a need of both raised awareness and feeling of responsibility. We can all make a difference.
There’s a group of Norwegian mummy bloggers that have set up a Facebook anti bullying campaign, Mammabloggere mot Mobbing. They’ve all committed to raise awareness by posting information on their individual blogs, and then on to Social Media sites like Facebook and Twitter. The main goal is to get parents involved in engaging and caring in children and young peoples life. We need to know more about how the internet have changed forms of bullying, and how to fight it.
There are many people and organisations that can help you if you, your child or someone you know is being bullied. If you want to know more visit bullying.co.uk
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