Bullying

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There are many different types of bullying. Bullying can be verbal or emotional. Bullying can mean taunting others or intimidating them. It could also be physical. Physical can include hitting, punching, pushing, tripping up, spitting at, throwing or hair pulling. E-bullying or cyber bullying are also common where children and young people are bullied over the internet for example social networking sites like Facebook or MSN. Bullying can also take place through other technologies such as Bluetooth, mobile phones or webcams. There are also different types of bullying in relation to social background like bullying because of religion, gender or colour. Graffiti on walls, school bags, in toilets and on desks can be another form of bullying. These can have a devastating effect on children and young people. Below is a list all of the possible effects that bullying could have on children and young people. * Alters personality, may become aggressive or hateful

* Hinders development emotionally and socially
* Affects self esteem
* Affects friendships, may have no friends
* May truant from school
* Struggles to form relationships
* Behavioural difficulties
* May bully others or become controlling
* May bully as an adult
* Crave attention
* Pick on peoples weaknesses
* Shouting out/putting people down
* Bed wetting and nightmares
* Eating disorders
* Imaginary illnesses
In regards to bullying there are numerous different policies and procedures that should be followed in response to concerns or evidence of bullying and there are reasons why these are in place. A young person or child can be supported when bullying is suspected. The families can also be supported when bullying is alleged. The school will support the children and the carers as much as possible. The child can be supported by listening to them, taking them seriously, reassuring them and making sure they clearly understand what is happening....
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