Bullying is the number one issue in our society and it is common among school children, teenagers, and even adults. Bullying happens in different forms. It can be in a form of physical, verbal bullying, or cyber bullying. Several studies show that many children and teenagers today are experiencing bullying. Our children and teenagers have their own rights to be safe and protected against bullying and violence. They need support and attention in order to overcome bullying.
Effects of Bullying
Bullying behaviour has a great impact on everyone. It can affect the person who is being bullied, those who do the bullying, and those people who witness the bullying. It can lead to many different negative outcomes. Bullying can lead to physical injury, mental injury and a person who is experiencing bullying behaviour can affect the mental health and develop anxiety, depression, and can even lead to suicidal tendencies.
It is very important to be aware if there is someone experiencing bullying. As parents, it is necessary to have an open communication between the children, to know whether bullying behaviour is one of their main concerns. The children or teenagers who are bullied, have increased feelings of loneliness or sadness. It can also affect their studies, loss in interests and confidence.
Kinds of Bullying
- Verbal Bullying – This form of bullying includes name-calling, rude words that can hurt someone. A victim of this bullying can be affected emotionally, self-image, and confidence.
- Social Bullying – Cyber bulling is the great example of social bullying and it is very common today. This bullying behaviour, takes place on the Internet and it can be experienced by children, teenagers, adults and even businesses.
- Physical Bullying – This includes kicking, spitting, punching, and pushing that can cause embarrassment and as well as brusing and broken bones.
Bullying & Harrasment and Anti-Bullying Programs
Bullying and harassment is behaviour that makes someone feel intimidated or offended. Harassment is unlawful under the Equality Act 2010.
How can we ensure that are children are not experiencing violence and bullying? The different programs and trainings that we provide can be a great help for everyone. We provide anti-bullying programs and online training courses for adults, teenagers and children that can surely help to make us more aware, safe and also to prevent bullying.
Whilst bullying itself isn’t against the law, harassment is and the unwanted behaviour is related to the following:
- Gender (including gender reassignment)
- Marriage & Civil Partnership
- Pregnancy & Maternity
- Religion or Belief
- Sexual Orientation
It is very important that every school must have anti-bullying programs that can help stop bullying to happen. Our anti-bullying policy and programs can help a lot to reduce bullying. Those programs and anti-bullying policies can teach our children and teenagers at their young age, that bullying is wrong and therefore, it should be avoided.