School Bullying

Anti-Bullying Week: We Are Failing Young LGBT People

Sarah Champion | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Politics
Sarah Champion

Almost 50 years ago, we decriminalised homosexuality between consenting adults in the UK. It was a landmark moment. Since then we have made huge strid...

How To Recognise When Your Child Is Being Cyberbullied

Diarmuid Hudner | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Parents
Diarmuid Hudner

Cyberbullying, just like any other form of bullying, is harmful to our children. A bullied child is isolated because of their opinions, how they look or what they do. Cyberbullying adds a further dimension in that it allows bullying to be spread faster and wider.

There Is No Such Thing As Bullying

Sarah Newton | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Newton

During Anti- Bullying week awareness increases around the whole topic, I can't help but raise a question that has been on my mind for a while and that is about the actual word Bullying. I can't help but wonder if it isn't time to ditch the word altogether.

My Child Is Being Cyberbullied - How Can I Help?

Diarmuid Hudner | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK Parents
Diarmuid Hudner

As parents, we can find it hard to deal with this topic. We simply haven't experienced it ourselves. Let's aim to understand it better together and get three helpful tips on what to do should it happen to your child.

Bullying, Disability, And School

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

Fadhil is a 10-year old boy who lives in a small village on the outskirts of Pontianak in West Kalimantan. He has never been anywhere during his lifet...

Back To The Playground

Caragh Little | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK
Caragh Little

The new school year has started. First day photos have been taken, schoolbags have grown heavy with new books, and the reality of homework and early morning alarm clocks is beginning to set in. The evenings are shortening and the papers are speculating about the chances of an Indian Summer. It's September again...

Bullied For Being Boobless At Twelve

Larissa Scotting | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Larissa Scotting

It was a joke that stuck around just a bit too long. I remember exactly when it started - that's how much the experience affected me at the time, and ...

It Was Acceptable In The '80s

Terry-Ann Kibbles | Posted 08.09.2016 | UK
Terry-Ann Kibbles

When the new Indian family moved in and bought the shop, I was selfishly very happy. As a seven year old, I was over the moon that 'proper' Indians had moved in and my mother and I were no longer the only 'Pakis' in the village. They had two children the around same age as me. They were darker than me, they had Indian names, they were Hindu and they owned a shop.

Stand Up Against Bullying

Kate Elliott | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Elliott

I hope that by sharing my story and helping prompt the start of a conversation about bullying, other people may feel empowered to share their own story or make an effort to not turn a blind eye to bullying. One of the greatest maintaining factors of silence, making others aware of what's going on and seeking support can enable individuals to get through being bullied.

Don't Let Bullies Take Our Banter

James Brinsford | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK
James Brinsford

We all like a bit of banter. There's nothing like the gentle ribbing of a friend or work colleague that brings a smile to everyone's faces and helps the day pass on a happy note. Banter is one of the ingredients for life and the backbone to many laughs. We all like a bit of banter...

Anti-Bullying Month: Learning Resilience

Sigrid Daniel | Posted 07.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sigrid Daniel

November is anti-bullying month: with a rise in press campaigns and awareness around bullying, what is available to parents to support their bullied children, or to prevent their children becoming bullied?

Learned Prejudice

Vicky Frankland | Posted 04.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Vicky Frankland

By the time a child reaches secondary school, they have begun to learn the rules that will help them to survive their time at school. Fitting in with everyone else is encouraged and the child is advised not to give people a reason to pick on them. If you are fat, lose weight; if you are shy, be more outgoing; if you are loud, be quieter...

Bullying - It Needs to Stop Now

Stacey Lucas | Posted 02.01.2015 | UK
Stacey Lucas

Bullying out of the school gates can be deemed as harassment and abusive behaviour which can lead to a criminal record. Are nasty words, painful taunts and physical violence within the school grounds worth it? No.

Bullying on My Mind

Matt Zitron | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Matt Zitron

For the last twenty two of my thirty one years on this planet, bullying has been on my mind. I've suffered it, in some circumstances I've done it, and now with two children I consider its practise. It's almost never far from the news and again it seems another British teenager has lost their life because of it.

The Truth About Single-Sex Schools

Sian Elvin | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sian Elvin

With the lack of boys to make us mentally edit our conversation, no topic was off-limits. Periods and sex were very openly discussed, and if you had a problem or worry you could almost always discover the solution.

Parents: Teen Killed Himself After 'Masturbation Video' Went Viral

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Tech

An American teenager allegedly committed suicide after an illicit video of him masturbating went viral on social media, his parents claim. The pare...

Make Mental Health a Core Part of School Curriculum!

Matt Clifton | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Matt Clifton

Schools, you either love them or hate them, a little bit like Marmite I guess. Some say school years are the best years of your life, some even say school reminds them of their youth. But what do you think of when you reminisce about your youth? Do you see school as a good thing or do you feel let down by your school?

Time to Listen and Change Views on Mental Health

Matt Clifton | Posted 14.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Matt Clifton

Being diagnosed with Mental Health, in particular Depression and Anxiety at the age of 14 years was not easy to cope with. I worried about telling other people that I had Mental Health, it was never taught on the school curriculum and it appeared to me at the time, that many wouldn't understand the condition.

LGBT History Month, a.k.a. Human History Month

B.J. Epstein | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK
B.J. Epstein

Who cares about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their lives and accomplishments? We all should. But why? During LGBT History Month, we might learn about LGBT people who have made or continue to make a difference to our world. We can learn about their accomplishments and how they have changed science, literature, or many other fields.

Using The Word 'Gay' Doesn't Make You Homophobic Anymore Than Using 'Black' Makes You Racist

Steven Stewart | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Steven Stewart

What groups that call for tackling the use of such words constantly fail to realise is that, over the course of time, language changes. Just as gay used to mean someone filled with joy or happiness, it has changed to refer to homosexuals and to describe something in a negative way. Language evolves with society.

Schools OUT Says You Are Never Too Young To Learn About Diversity

Elly Barnes | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Elly Barnes

Birmingham City Council is taking some radical steps to counter homophobia and transphobia in its schools, including primary schools. This may seem an inappropriate age to speak to students, but only if you do not have the necessary tools and training.

This Boy Won't Forget This Punishment In A While

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK

Most parental punishments might include the naughty step, no pudding, or no Saturday night TV. But one parent, furious when his nine-year-old son w...

Faith Schools: What Really Goes on Behind Closed Doors?

A.J. Higginson | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
A.J. Higginson

A recent 'National School Survey' by Stonewall has alarmingly revealed that: almost two thirds of young gay people at secondary school, some 150,000 people, have experienced homophobic bullying. In faith schools that figure rises to three in four.

Refuse to Be Bullied Into Mediocrity

Julian Tan | Posted 30.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Julian Tan

Whilst I forgive them, I will never forget. The universe has an uncanny habit of restoring balance and so I rest in the comfort that one day they might have to answer to me as their boss. Until then, I wear the same armour I developed in high school - it has proven very effective thus far.

Cyber-Bullying and Young People

Nicola Morgan | Posted 13.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Nicola Morgan

Something I kept coming across in my research was the at-first-surprising notion that many young people don't consider cyber-bullying to be bullying. They know what bullying is - or rather, they know what some bullying activities are - and they know that stuff can happen online, but they don't always see that as bullying. Why?