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Cardiff Against Bullying

 What is Bullying?

Bullying is deliberate, hurtful behaviour, repeated over a period of time, where a sense of powerlessness can make it difficult for the victim to defend him or herself.

Bullying can happen in three main ways:

  • Physical - hitting, kicking, punching, pushing​
  • Verbal - name calling, threats, taunting
  • Indirect - excluding, gossiping, spreading rumours, dirty looks

Cyber bullying is when technology (like mobiles, Instant Messenger, chat rooms and social networking sites) is repeatedly used to deliberately harass, hurt or frighten someone. 

There are 7 main ways that someone could be cyber bullied:

  • Text messages
  • Phone calls
  • Email
  • Instant Messenger 
  • Social Media Websites
  • Video / pictures (on mobile phones, posting images on the web)
  • Internet Chat rooms

Cyber bullying should be taken as seriously as any other type of bullying. Differences between cyber bullying and other types of bullying include:

  • 24/7 contact - cyber bullying can go on at any time through mobile technology and home internet access.
  • Impact - cyber bullying may have a worldwide audience, and content could stay online forever.
  • Perception of anonymity - people may think that by using technology they can't be traced which might make someone act in a way they wouldn't normally. 
  • Bystander effect - other people might contribute to cyber bullying just by forwarding on a message or image.
  • Evidence - cyber bullying can be tracked and bullies identified by the trail of communication.

Whilst most cyber bullying takes place outside of school, it could affect school life, so it's important to tell a teacher if you know it's going on. Some cyber bullying is against the law so the person responsible could be taken to court and charged for their behaviour.

If you or someone you know is being cyber bullied save all evidence. Print off or save conversations, emails, text messages, images or photos and chat-room discussions.

National Anti -Bullying Week is held in November.

What should you do if you are being bullied?

The most important thing to do if you are being bullied is to tell someone. Until you tell someone, they can't help.

Get help and advice about bullying.

029 2087 2752​

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