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Isn't bullying just part of growing up?

By Devan Witter

45% of young people are bullied before the age of 18 and some people believe that this is just part of growing up saying “it’s character building.”

This however is not the case, bullying can have some huge effects on young people and can also aid in the development of mental heath conditions, such as SAD (Social Anxiety Disorder) and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

So it’s not just part of growing up?

Out of 3,600 young people questioned, 10% said they have attempted to commit suicide - that’s a massive 360 young people! Yet a further 30% have actually self-harmed because of being bullied proves otherwise.

Some people believe that we are “running the risk of children growing up who are not going to be able to look after themselves in social situations” yet one main effect of bullying is Social Phobia...

So why do people let it happen? Its not surprising that 51% of young people are not happy with the support they receive from teachers - but why is this?

My opinion is that there is not enough information provided to schools about the issue and that some teachers have never been a victim - therefore do not understand what its like as a young person.

That is one of my main reasons for working with Fixers to create a website for teachers on how to tackle bullying. The website can be seen here www.adviceforteachers.org.uk. Fixers are an amazing charity providing young people a voice and the best part is that they reach every UK postcode.

By teaching the teachers about bullying, we can start to help change the attitude towards it, by showing that it is not accepted and not a part of growing up. If something like this causes so many problems it should be stopped once it is apparent.

There are some great organisations out there who provide help and support to victims of bullying. My main advice to anyone being bullied is to tell someone. You can start that now by contacting Get Connected.

Remember there’s always someone you can talk to, so don’t suffer in silence. Have a chat today. It’s good to be different.

Click here to contact Get Connected or visit www.getconnected.org.uk.

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