Bullying can happen at any age in any place.
If you’re an adult in the work place. A young person in the class room. Or a trainer looking out for your learners and peers. Here are our top 5 tips to cope with bullying.
1. Understand the bullying
People aren’t born bullies. Becoming one is through learnt behaviour. In the nature vs. nurture argument they are created through their environment. As a result, of a difficult home life bullying can often be a coping mechanism. Bully’s may have been raised in abusive or prejudice-based environments. Furthermore, bullies have usually been bullied themselves.
Additionally, other issues that can be a cause are jealousy and insecurity. If you are experiencing bullying, understand that you are NOT the problem.
2. Speak up
Everyone is an individual, therefore, we all have different levels of sensitivity. Have you ever said something to a friend and upset them by accident? They may have been hurt. But you thought it was just banter. Bullying is subjective. Sometimes, the person who is bullying you may genuinely have no idea that it is affecting you. However, if you feel comfortable and safe enough. You can speak to the person who is bullying you. They might understand and this can be really effective.
3. Speak out
Difficult situations can leave you distracted, stressed and unproductive. Bullying is something that affects the majority of people. However, 45% of those with a bullying experience do not report it. It is important that you go through the appropriate reporting channels. Firstly, by telling a teacher/parent/guardian/learning mentor or another responsible adult. And if you choose not to report it, at least speak to somebody. A friend or relative so you don’t feel alone.
4. Is it a crime?
Did you know that bullying is a criminal offence? If somebody physically or sexually attacks you, uses prejudice language towards you (such as homophobia and racism) or shares your private information or images online – these are should be reported to the Police.
5. Don’t withdraw
It’s easier said than done. But withdrawing from any available support system can make the situation much worse. It may feel like the best thing to do at the time. However the impact of cutting yourself off from society can have a huge impact on your self-esteem. Making it harder to overcome the bully. By building your self-confidence and staying strong, the bullying will be something you can emotionally overcome and let go of.
Finally, If you need anymore information of have any concerns for others please visit our safeguarding policy or our key contacts pages for bullying awareness.
To find out more about how to safeguard against bullying please see our Safeguarding Policy.
Further reading is available about safeguarding here in our Top 10 Tips.