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Dealing With a Bully
What is bullying?
Bullying can mean many different things. According to Childline, these are some ways children and young people have described bullying:
- · being called names
- · being teased
- · being pushed or pulled about
- · having money and other possessions taken or messed about with
- · having rumours spread about you
- · being ignored and left out
- · being hit, kicked or physically hurt in any way
- · being threatened or intimidated
Bullying can also be part of other forms of abuse, including neglect, emotional, physical and sexual abuse and on-line bullying is already notorious.
But of course bullying doesn't happen just to children, although children and the elderly are particularly at risk.
People can be bullied for all sorts of reasons or no particular reason at all.
Sometimes people who bully others pick up on a small thing that makes someone stand out and they use it to hurt them. This might be the way someone looks, the things they like doing or even what kinds of clothes they wear. It can be homophobic, racist, against someone who is disabled or for some reason that just isn't obvious to anyone but the bully. Often bullying just helps the bully to feel powerful.
Being bullied is painful and it can be frightening. Don’t ignore bullying – it won’t go away on its own and it may get worse.
If you think your child is being bullied try the Childline link.
You will find very good advice on dealing with adult bullying here http://www.mentalhealthsupport.co.uk/AdultBullying.html
If you think you are being bullied at work ACAS provides free, confidential advice on employment relations problems including bullying, They provide a free helpline Monday–Friday, 08:00–20:00 Saturday, 09:00–13:00 tel 08457 47 47 47; Minicom users: 08456 06 16 00 Their website is here
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