Bullying and its impact: a video from the Anti-Bullying Alliance

Bullying and its impact: a video from the Anti-Bullying Alliance


The Anti-Bullying Alliance’s purpose is to share best practice with professionals who are working with children and young people So we advise them on ways they can support children and young people who are going through bullying situations. Bullying to me, I’d say it’s anything that’s persistent… ..so it could be verbally, physically or emotional stuff. Originally we thought that bullying could easily be defined in three quick sentences You’ve got the intention to harm somebody The person you’re doing it to is powerless to defend themselves And it’s usually repeated or persistent Some science suggests that people who have been bullied and have low self-esteem display disorders such as: overeating, anorexia, low self-esteem I went to a predominantly Caucasian school so I was picked on for my skin colour, for my hair, for the clothes that I wore I’ve had experience of bullying when I was younger When I had, essentially, a speech impediment. I couldn’t say my name for the first 6 months of high school Me being an outcast and me trying to fit in, I would try to hang out with the cool girls And one of my close friends at the time, from my primary school, made up a rumour about me And the rumour ended up being something that lasted with me til the end of my high school year What we tend to see in statistics in the UK that round about 30% of children report that they’ve been bullied in the last 12 months And more recently, we’ve seen some really shocking statistics around the number of LGBT young people who are subject to homophobic bullying When I was bullied I felt really miserable. Some of my closest friends were actually the ones who were bullying me the most. They knew my weaknesses and they knew where to attack me. I remember my parents wouldn’t see me for hours. And they would think that I was just outside playing because I just wanted to escape from the world. Sometimes I didn’t want to go to school. Or you’re sitting in class and you’re always dreading what’s the next comment going to be, or where’s it going to come from The Anti-Bullying Alliance was set up in 2002 to bring together individuals and organisations So again, it’s about giving children and young people lots of different ways to report bullying, talk about bullying and access advice about bullying. If you have concerns about bullying, or you want to access advice about all forms of bullying, visit our website or follow us @ABAonline