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Anti-bullying week

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This week is anti-bullying week and to celebrate that, in this blog, I will explain what bullying is, how to handle being bullied and what to do if you see someone else being bullied. The theme of this year’s anti-bullying week is United against bullying which means it’s everyone’s responsibility to tackle it. This year is more important than ever because double the amount of children that were cyberbullied last year have been victims of it this year. It is critical that we raise awareness about these problems and find effective solutions to combat them.

What is bullying

Bullying is the act of repeatedly hurting a person, whether physically or mentally, continuously, on purpose. This means that the same person or people keep being mean to you deliberately. Bullying can be split into 4 main groups which include;

  • Verbal- saying mean things
  • Physical- literally hurting them
  • Relational- leaving someone out completely
  • Cyberbullying- using online platforms as a means of targeting them

Bullying can affect a person’s whole life so It is important we acknowledge and raise awareness about it.

What to do if you are being bullied

If you are being bullied, don’t keep it to yourself. These six tips should help you stand up for yourself.

  1. Tell someone who you trust can help such as a parent, teacher or agency such as ChildLine.
  2. Keep evidence of what they’ve done to you e.g., screenshots saved messages
  3. Don’t fight back; this is usually what the bully wants you to do
  4. Be with people that make you happy and feel good
  5. Don’t think it’s your fault- you haven’t done anything wrong
  6. Be proud of yourself and what you can do

What to do if you see someone being bullied

Don’t be a bystander! It is natural for us, as humans to generally copy what everyone else is doing but if you think something is wrong, you need to speak to someone about it. Bystanding means you just watch the injustice and do nothing about it. They can sort out the problem for you.

We can all stop bullying; little actions have big consequences.

“Strong people stand up for themselves but stronger people stand up for others.”

“If people try to bring you down, it only means your higher than them”

“Knowing what’s right doesn’t mean much unless you do what’s right”

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