Bullying is such a common problem it’s easy to forget how serious it can be. There can be this attitude that it’s just some character-building part of growing up you have to deal with.
We marked the Stand Up day today by making a human rainbow flag. All our student's are saying clearly that we are against homophobic, bi-phobic & transphobic bullying.
Bullying takes a whole load of different forms and can happen in pretty much any environment where people have to interact with each other: school or college, on the pitch, at work and at home, even in relationships.
Verbal – you’re probably familiar with this one. It’s name-calling, put downs, slagging or threats. It can be face-to-face, written or often over the phone. It can also include sexual harassment..
Who do you think of when you picture a bully? In reality, they aren’t always the stereotypical tough kid in school. They can be girls or guys.
Often, people who bully have low self-esteem or have been victims of violence themselves. They might be having a tough time at home or be dealing with stuff in their own lives. Whatever the root of it is, they’re using bullying as a way of making themselves feel more powerful.
As well as affecting your self-esteem, bullying can cause physical injury, stress and make you feel alone.
It’s really tempting to say you shouldn’t feel like this, that you should know you’re not any of the things they say you are and you’ve nothing to feel bad about. It’s true.