Anti Bullying Week

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By Alice Watkins and Charlotte Gale

Anti Bullying Week (18th – 24th) is a national event, involving over 60 charities, which aims to raise awareness about the bullying of young people in and outside of school and college.

This year, Anti Bullying Week, links up with Safer Internet Day, on 11th Feb 2014, which aims to create a safer and more positive online world.

The collective aims of anti bullying week are:

  • To ensure all children and young people are equipped to recognise and challenge bullying behavior wherever it happens – whether to face to face or in cyberspace.
  • To equip schools, colleges and youth service leaders with resources to encourage youth led anti bullying initiatives and the positive use of new technologies.
  • To educate those who support and work with children to recognise those who may be particularly vulnerable to bullying though new technologies – encouraging an inclusive approach to all e-safety education.

Many people are bullied because of their appearance, sexuality, gender and race. Speaking with multiple victims, it’s evident that whoever you are, you can be a victim.

To paint a picture of what it is like to be bullied, we’ve spoken to a variety of people who’ve drawn on their own personal experiences.

‘’As a younger child I was bullied: everything from being mentally abused, called ugly, made to feel left out, as well as being pushed and having food thrown over me.”

 ‘’This girl made my life hell for so many years; if you didn’t follow her, you were in her firing line’’

‘’Being a bisexual female I’ve suffered so much sexual abuse. Every guy I knew seemed to think I was a sex object, while every girl I knew seemed to think I wanted to watch them undress in the locker room. ‘’

This type of bullying is shocking, yet it happens in every school up and down the country.

Due to new technologies, it’s no longer just in school and on the bus; it’s at home too.

Perpetrators of cyberbullying often comment negatively on pictures of the victim and send anonymous abuse. Due to the anonymity of the culprits, so called “hate mail” seems to be much more fierce.

“It was just stupid things really. Comments like ‘You’re so ugly, you’ve photoshop-ed  your picture’ or ‘you’re a joke. I hope you die’”.

Bullying comes in so many forms, from that boy constantly picking on you, insulting your hair, to the messages your afraid to open, but how does this bullying affect you in later life?

Bullying makes you stronger but only when you get through it. Now when I see other people being bullied I want to help them and stop them from going through what I went through. Especially as I faced it alone.”

Getting involved:

To support anti bullying week, Brighton based charity, Ditch the Label, have teamed up with Burger Brothers, to create the DTL Quattro Charity Burger.

It will be available at Burger Brothers, 97 North Road, Brighton from November 18 – November 24. The burger costs £9 and £4.50 will be donated to Ditch the Label.

Please use our poll and share your stories here

If you have been affected by any of these issues,  or if you are looking for support or further information, please contact:

The anti bullying alliance: www.antibullyingalliance.org.uk

Ditch the label: www.ditchthelabel.org

LGBT support: www.itgetsbetter.org

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