Child Protection in Angus
Information for Children and Young People - Bullying
Do you know any bullies? Of course you do - we don't know a school where there aren't some boys or girls who get their enjoyment from making others miserable. Bullying happens when someone deliberately hurts another, usually, over and over again. Sometimes bullies choose physical ways to hurt - a shove, a stab, a trip, over and over. Or they may tease in a mean way, labelling children and getting everyone to gang up with hateful remarks, whether based on race or weight or simply a "difference". And another kind of bully likes to exclude - use emotional torture to hurt others. A gang of girls may roll their eyes and move away from another girl, for instance. Bullies may use the web or their mobiles' cameras or texting to spread their evil.
Even though bullying is so common it does not mean it is not serious. Children who are bullied often lose their confidence, or are so afraid, they stop going to school or begin to believe the mean things bullies say, or get very very sad and depressed, and start to hurt themselves. Bullying can have very serious consequences. And no school is a happy school when these attacks begin - some people may even join in the bullying out of fear of the bully.
Make up your mind that it is time to tell, and to get some adults on your side. The law states that you should be safe in school and bullying is one hazard that can and should be contained.
There are ways to discourage bullying and they can be learned in a day. If you are being bullied, you can learn how to stop it. If you aren't, you can help your school make changes to protect everyone. Try these organisations for some suggestions. These links will take you to external websites.
- Kidscape - Established to prevent bullying and keeping children safe
- Scottish Anti-Bullying Network - Provides information about bullying and how it can be tackled
- Bullying UK - Advice for children and adults
- Parentline Plus helpline: 08000 28 22 33
- Children's Legal Centre (free legal advice on all aspects of the law affecting children and young people): 01206 873820
There are further useful websites at the links below.