1 in 3 children are bullied
In a new report from the Anti-Bullying Alliance, 1 in 3 children suffer from bullying.
Sometimes there isn’t even a reason as to why someone bullies another. It could be jealousy, insecurity, religion, popularity and even the type of background. Bullies may seem confident but they actually feel inferior to others, thus causing them to treat particular people in derogatory ways.
The hardest part is encouraging the child to actually report the bullying to a parent, carer, friend or teacher.
Children are adept at hiding bullying behaviour and the unequal power dynamics that can exist among them. They fear retaliation, that they will be called a ‘snitch’ or a ‘grass’ for standing up and reporting the bullying and breaking the secrecy. There is evidence that well liked and successful children can be the most skilled at bullying.
Children will not report bullying because it makes them feel ashamed, afraid and powerless and over time they may even come to feel that they deserve to be bullied.
The bullying system we provide works and works well. Textsomeone is an anonymous text, phone and online system which removes the initial barrier of a child not wanting to report the incident. The school can communicate with the child until they want to talk to someone face to face.
Cyberbullying is forever growing – just like technology. This system provides children with a familiar medium in which to communicate their issues that they otherwise may find difficult.
A Head Teacher of a School in Derbyshire quoted:
“It’s very simple to use, I get a text when someone has made a report and I can listen to it as a voicemail and reply by text. We always respond the same day. The commitment I give is that I will drop whatever I am doing and will arrange for the most appropriate person to deal with the incident immediately.”
Bullying happens everywhere and many schools are afraid to admit that they may have a bullying problem in their institution. This is the first step is for them to realise it isn’t something they are doing wrong, but something that is growing and it needs to be monitored and the children need to be protected.
Blog Post by: Amelia Watson