Knowing the signs of bullying
Bullying is actually such a common problem it’s easy to forget how serious it can get.
In different environments it can also be hard to recognise. In fact, weekly, we watch reality TV programmes, like [fill in name of one of the many] where people show their talents only to be ridiculed, in the name of entertainment. So where’s the line?
So what is it?
There are many different types, from verbal, physical to cyberbullying. It can happen at any age and any stage of your life, unfortunately. Learn how to recognise the different forms of bullying. It’s important everyone knows what they are.
The ISPPC are running a campaign this week, highlighting the seriousness of bullying and the damage it does. Celebrities including Westlife, Jedward and Laura Whitmore are supporting this campaign.
Happens to anyone
Westlife star, Feehily, a former victim of bullying himself said he knows 35-year-olds who still cry themselves to sleep because of bullying they experienced as children.
Not so obvious
Although certain types of bullying can be obvious most is quite subtle. But, it is any behaviour either by a person or a group that intimidates another person on a regular basis. Read cyberbullying and workplace bullying to recognise the signs in different contexts.
Knowing what it is is important as we are all responsible in the prevention of bullying. Whether it’s work or school or wherever, we need to make sure we aren’t intimidating people, or ignoring the fact that someone else is being bullied.
Afraid to speak out
Feehily described how the bullying made him feel, saying he held it all inside, afraid if he told anyone it might’ve gotten worse. This is a normal response and how the bully wants you to feel. Actually the best thing you can do, is tell someone.
How to change it
Talking to someone you trust releases tension, helps get a different perspective and a plan to deal with the bullying. Most institutions, schools, colleges and workplaces, have anti-bullying policies and take it quite seriously, so they need to be told if it’s happening.
Everyone has the right to work or study in an environment free from bullying or intimidation.