Produce a report explaining how to respond to evidence or concerns that a child or young person has been bullied.
One of the major concerns for people working within children’s services is the increase in cases of children affected by bullies. Bullying can take any of the forms listed below:
• Verbal Bullying: A child becomes a victim of bullying if they, or their loved ones, are subjected to ‘name calling’. Threats, of any kind, are also a form of verbal bullying. • Physical Bullying: It is a criminal offence to hurt someone by touching them in a violent manner. Anything that hurts you by touching you is classed as physical bullying. Hitting, kicking, biting, scratching, pushing, tripping you up on purpose, all fall under the category of ‘physical bullying’. • Indirect Bullying: A less obvious, but equally damaging, form of bullying is Indirect Bullying. Children become a victim of indirect bullying when they are ignored or not allowed to join in games with their peers. If a child is talked about ‘behind their back’ or is subjected to rumour mongering, they are also being indirectly bullied. Although it can be difficult to prove, glaring at a child or looking at them in a threatening manner is another form of this type of bullying. • Cyber Bullying: The form of bullying that is on the greatest increase is cyber-bullying. As the use of social networking sites increases, so too does the possibility of internet abuse. Cyber bullying can occur when internet sites are used to show pictures that embarrass others or used to entice others into groups to bully online. This form of bullying can be very damaging because, by use of instant messaging services, the ‘bully’ can seem to enter our home and abuse us. Silent or abusive phone calls and ‘Happy Slapping’ also come under the banner of cyber-bullying.
Effects of Bullying