Watch this interactive anti-bullying video created by Ambient Night Productions with assistance from Benjamin France for Bullying UK, part of Family Lives. It was created entirely by volunteers. Throughout this video you will be asked to make a decision from the point of view of the bully, the victim or the friends. These choices will alter the story as you go.
The definition of being bullied can be different to everyone; however any way that you or we describe it…it isn’t right! Some ways in which bullying can be described:
- Name calling
- Being teased
- Physical actions – being pushed or pulled about
- Spreading rumours about you
- Abusive messages either through text or social networking sites (cyber bullying)
Bullying doesn’t always happen at school, it can also take place in the home, on the street, at your youth club, even at work. People bully others about (what they see as) differences. This can include appearance, religion, behaviour, disabilities, illness, family, who you hang about with and how well you’re getting on at school.
It doesn’t matter how old you are, being bullied can still make you feel the same and can lead to depression, anxiety and lack of confidence as well as many other health related issues which can impact on your quality of life.
If you feel you are being bullied don’t keep it to yourself. Tell someone you can trust like a teacher, a friend, parent or an MYT Adviser. Alternatively, you can speak to www.childline.org.uk or call 0800 1111.
For more information, go to www.bullyinguk.co.uk, www.beatbullying.org, www.nspcc.org.uk. For information specifically about cyber bullying go to www.childnet.com.