Bullying has always been an issue. You’ll be hard pressed not to have been affected by bullying in some shape or other; whether you have been the victim, witnessed someone being bullied, a parent or other family member attempting to console those affected by bullying/take action against it or even worse still you were the perpetrator. And with the rise of the internet, specifically social media, this issue is only increasing.
‘BeatBullying is an international bullying prevention charity working and campaigning to make bullying unacceptable’ (about us)
BeatBullying offer individuals who are being bullied, mentors with whom they can share their concerns with. Moreover, the mentors are individuals that are a similar age to those seeking assistance.
There are always ways in which you can get involved too- BeatBullying call this ‘taking SOCIAL ACTION’. You can:
- Become a mentor- offer support, advice and guidance to those who seek it
- Become a counsellor- if you have the relevant qualifications you can offer individuals therapeutic support (find out if you have the relevant qualifications here: http://www.beatbullying.org/gb/get-involved/become-a-counsellor/
- Fundraise for them- you can download the pack here
- Keep an eye out and join in with their campaigns- find out more here
If you are concerned that someone is being bullied and/or want to pass on some advice around staying safe, then check out BeatBullying’s resources. Bullying can be a real sensitive issue for someone that is being bullied or even if you are a parent and just don’t know what to do
The statistics on bullying are really disturbing, from a brief look at the BeatBullying report centre- here are some very saddening, horrifying statistics about bullying:
- 28% of 11-16 year olds were directly targeted, threatened or humiliated by an individual or group in 2012
- 37% reported suffering a severe physical attack and/or inappropriate sexual behaviour from within their peer group (this was based on report of between 16-25 years old in 2011)
- 21% of 8-11 year olds (primary school age) had been directly targeted, threatened or humiliated through mobile phones or the internet (2012)
- 27% of 8-11 year olds (primary school) reported being victimised via online games
You can view these reports in full here
The latest BeatBullying campaign is to pass Ayden’s Law. Ayden was a 14 year old boy who was bullied to death. This campaign is on behalf of all those who are affected by bullying today. BeatBullying has teamed with The Sun in writing to the Prime Minister to take action and stamp out bullying from society once and for all.
There are so many ways to get involved with this amazing charity, start today by signing the petition and encouraging others to do so. Let’s be supportive of each other in society not hinder.