Definition of bullying - Bullying affects people of all ages. It usually involves an individual subjecting another person to physical or verbal harassment. Child bullying can take the form of name-calling, physical intimidation or assault. It can have serious effects on a young person and has the potential to cause intense unhappiness. It may also induce feelings of inadequacy, shame, powerlessness and low self-esteem.
Adult bullying, particularly in the workplace is equally prevalent but less reported. Examples of workplace bullying include humiliation, put-downs, unfair treatment, verbal abuse or the repeated allocation of excessive workloads. It may cause depression, lead to increased stress levels and be the cause of considerable anxiety for the victim.
There are many reasons why people bully or harass others including feelings of inadequacy or jealousy. Regardless of cause, bullies usually tend to victimise people who they see as vulnerable, easy targets. Luckily, there are a number of organisations and help-lines that specialise in providing support for those suffering at the hands of cowards. See below.
Find bullying counselling
ACAS - 08456 474747
They specialise in improving employment relations and helping companies solve problems in the workplace. Their helpline is available for anyone who is suffering work-related bullying - operators provide confidential support.
Kids-cape - 08451 205 204
This is a registered charity established to prevent bullying and child abuse. Their helpline is intended to parents, relatives or friends who believe a child is being bullied. The staff will offer support and advice intended to help individuals dealing with bullying.
Information about dealing with bullying
Set up to improve bullying awareness, this organisation offers help to children and teenagers experiencing school bullying. The site contains advice for teachers and parents including tips for young people on how to deal with bullies.
Set up by Tim Field, this website provides information and resources for victims. This includes initiatives and campaigns for dealing with bullying in the workplace, school and family. They also provide tips on recognising and dealing with a variety of situations that might involve bullying.