is known about bullying? |
can occur in any group of people whatever its type or size or the age of its members.
suggests that about half the pupils in our schools have been bullied at some time
during their school careers. It seems likely that a similar proportion of adults
has experienced bullying at some time.
a minority of people are seriously bullied, but this is a significant minority
and some have their lives altered as a result.
are many different forms of bullying. At one end of the spectrum it merges into
relatively harmless teasing and at the other it becomes serious assault or harassment.
and psychological bullying can be just as harmful and hurtful as physical violence.
and racial harassment are particularly serious forms of bullying.
is bullying a community issue? |
concern about bullying in Scottish schools which started to develop about 10 years
ago has helped to raise awareness about the harm caused by bullying and aggression
elsewhere in society. Incidents have been reported in voluntary youth and adult
organisations, the armed forces, prison, the workplace etc.
wider community beyond the school gates needs to address this issue for a number
of reasons including:
is an infringement of an individuals rights
community or organisation which condones or ignores bullying loses respect
should provide non-bullying role models for young people
groups can work with schools to reduce the level of bullying among young people.
An episode of bullying is rarely confined to one situation. For example, an incident
at a youth club may well be linked to something which has happened earlier in
the day at school. It is helpful if youth leaders and teachers have discussed
procedures for dealing with problems like this.
organisations have helped to provide schools with anti-bullying resources. For
example, Grampian Police and Rotary International have both supported the production
and distribution of anti-bullying CD-ROMs for use in the classroom.
should youth and community groups do? |
development of anti-bullying policies in schools provides a model for any group
of the scope and nature of the problem can be raised through research and discussion.
policy should be developed outlining how bullying can be prevented and how incidents
are dealt with after they have happened. If it is to work, such a policy must
involve all members of the organisation.
behaviour of all kinds must be challenged. Everybody must get a clear message
that bullying is wrong.
43 - Finding out about Bullying [available here]
leaflet about ParentLine Scotland
about conferences being organised by the Anti-Bullying Network [go here]
44 1111 - the ChildLine Bullying Line is for young people who have
a problem with bullying.
800 2222 - ParentLine Scotland aims to help parents with any kind
of worry or problem.
339 9232 the Workplace Bullying Information Line Scotland
is open 7-9 pm on Tuesday evenings and 10-12 noon on Saturday mornings [visit
Community Approach to Bullying by Peter Randall (1996) pub, Trentham
Books: ISBN 185856060
Home, School and Community by Delwyn Tattum and Graham Herbert (1997)
pub. David Fulson Publishers: ISBN 1853464457
Bullying - A Community
Approach by Brendan Byrne (1994) pub. The Columba Press: ISBN 1856071030
Bully in Sight:
How to Predict, Resist, Challenge and Combat Workplace Bullying by Tim
Field (1996) pub. Success Unlimited: ISBN 0952912104
Bullying - Perpetrators and Victims by Peter Randall (1997) pub, Routledge:
may also want to read the following information sheets that we have produced: