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Our amazing groupOur amazing group
• We held 4 meetings acrossWe held 4 meetings across
the county and over 30the county...
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What are the most important
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– When young people report bullying they feel it isn’tWhen young people report bul...
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What are the most important
problems?
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The effects of bullyingThe effects of bullying
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TrainingTraining
• Young people thought that there should beYoung people thought that there should be
“Compulsory traini...
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• We should “involve young people inWe should “involve young people in
training” adults as they can tell what ittraining...
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Support for young people who
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• Young people felt it was crucial to provide support for youngYoung people fel...
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Work with young people who bullyWork with young people who bully
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Prevention & InformationPrevention & Information
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PolicyPolicy
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Anti-Bullying Peer SupportAnti-Bullying Peer Support
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What are the solutions?What are the solutions?
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Young People's Advisory Group on Bullying's presentation about the key findings from their meetings. By Adrian Jeacock and Katie McCraw.

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  • As a parent I think one of the best things, we can do to help prevent bullying is set a good example by teaching our kids on ways to manage and resolve arguments with these bullies without the use of violent, in words or in action. As a way of helping everyone especially the parents, who still find it quite hard to manage issues like this, I found this great application which featured a safety app which gets me connected to a Safety Network or escalate my call to the nearest 911 when needed, it has other cool features that are helpful for your kids with just a press of a Panic Button. Check it here: http://www.SafeKidZone.com/
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    2. 2. 2 Our amazing groupOur amazing group • We held 4 meetings acrossWe held 4 meetings across the county and over 30the county and over 30 young people (aged 12 – 19)young people (aged 12 – 19) contributed their views oncontributed their views on bullying. We asked thembullying. We asked them what the most importantwhat the most important problems were and whatproblems were and what they thought the solutionsthey thought the solutions should be.should be.
    3. 3. 3 What are the most important problems? – When young people report bullying they feel it isn’tWhen young people report bullying they feel it isn’t always taken seriously and dealt with effectively.always taken seriously and dealt with effectively. “People ignore it” they “don’t realize how bad it is“People ignore it” they “don’t realize how bad it is and the effect it has”. They “don’t believe you andand the effect it has”. They “don’t believe you and don’t take it seriously”.don’t take it seriously”. – If there is poor discipline and control in theIf there is poor discipline and control in the classroom bullying is likely to be worse. “Teachersclassroom bullying is likely to be worse. “Teachers need to control and maintain discipline”need to control and maintain discipline”
    4. 4. 4 What are the most important problems? – Young people said they don’t want to reportYoung people said they don’t want to report bullying because when they do they are not alwaysbullying because when they do they are not always able to do so confidentially. They feel they … don’table to do so confidentially. They feel they … don’t have control over what happens and that feelshave control over what happens and that feels unsafe. They “don’t consider your feelings” andunsafe. They “don’t consider your feelings” and there is “no follow up”…there is “no follow up”…
    5. 5. 5 The effects of bullyingThe effects of bullying – ““Difficult to tell people ….frightened of what theyDifficult to tell people ….frightened of what they may say”may say” – It changes you “you have to be the bully to fightIt changes you “you have to be the bully to fight the bully”the bully” – People don’t understand what bullying is, how itPeople don’t understand what bullying is, how it affects you or what they should do about itaffects you or what they should do about it
    6. 6. 6 TrainingTraining • Young people thought that there should beYoung people thought that there should be “Compulsory training of all staff” ” They had“Compulsory training of all staff” ” They had clear ideas about what the training shouldclear ideas about what the training should include:include: – How seriously bullying affects young people & howHow seriously bullying affects young people & how bad it isbad it is – The psychology of bullying and how to deal with itThe psychology of bullying and how to deal with it – Listening skillsListening skills
    7. 7. 7 • We should “involve young people inWe should “involve young people in training” adults as they can tell what ittraining” adults as they can tell what it is really like and what needs to be doneis really like and what needs to be done Training
    8. 8. 8 Support for young people who are bullied • Young people felt it was crucial to provide support for youngYoung people felt it was crucial to provide support for young people who are bullied, someone to talk to, reassurance andpeople who are bullied, someone to talk to, reassurance and specially trained staff to help sort things out.specially trained staff to help sort things out. • ““Clubs that are open, safe place to go”Clubs that are open, safe place to go” • To be listened to and provided with counselling – “someone toTo be listened to and provided with counselling – “someone to listen to me” – “reassurance” – “ counselling”listen to me” – “reassurance” – “ counselling” • ““Groups for young people who have been bullied” to support eachGroups for young people who have been bullied” to support each other and “learn strategies to deal with bullying”other and “learn strategies to deal with bullying” • ““Special teacher who is trained and experienced .. job toSpecial teacher who is trained and experienced .. job to support people who have been bullied and help sort it out”support people who have been bullied and help sort it out” • Adults “consult you about what should happen and get agreementAdults “consult you about what should happen and get agreement before doing anything” They “respect your feelings and opinions”before doing anything” They “respect your feelings and opinions” and keep you informedand keep you informed
    9. 9. 9 Work with young people who bullyWork with young people who bully • Young people felt that there needed to be a combination ofYoung people felt that there needed to be a combination of effective sanctions and educating the young person responsibleeffective sanctions and educating the young person responsible for bullying to help them stop.for bullying to help them stop. • ““Harsher punishment and sanctions” that work (like internalHarsher punishment and sanctions” that work (like internal exclusions which include hard work).exclusions which include hard work). • ““Shock tactics” and showing young people the consequences ofShock tactics” and showing young people the consequences of continuing to bully and hurt others e.g. visits to prisons, namingcontinuing to bully and hurt others e.g. visits to prisons, naming and shaming, withdrawal of privilegesand shaming, withdrawal of privileges • Restorative meetings and groups for “bullies” which help youngRestorative meetings and groups for “bullies” which help young people to learn the impact of their behavior and how to behavepeople to learn the impact of their behavior and how to behave differently. “Understand why they bully … try to get to thedifferently. “Understand why they bully … try to get to the bottom of the problem” “Make sure they understand what theybottom of the problem” “Make sure they understand what they have done …. putting them in others shoes”have done …. putting them in others shoes”
    10. 10. 10 Prevention & InformationPrevention & Information • Young people felt that everyone needs “education onYoung people felt that everyone needs “education on what bullying is”what bullying is” • An “internet website ….reporting and educating”An “internet website ….reporting and educating” • ““Needs to be confidential e-mail/text bullyingNeeds to be confidential e-mail/text bullying service” for each school/settingservice” for each school/setting • Films & DVDs for “bullies” and teachers/adults toFilms & DVDs for “bullies” and teachers/adults to show them the consequences of bullyingshow them the consequences of bullying • Police and community support officers need to bePolice and community support officers need to be around before and after school and in the communityaround before and after school and in the community to challenge bullying when it happensto challenge bullying when it happens
    11. 11. 11 PolicyPolicy • Schools should be “forced to tackle bullying” andSchools should be “forced to tackle bullying” and dealing with bullying should be “emphasised as adealing with bullying should be “emphasised as a serious issue”serious issue” • It should be a “requirement for bullying to beIt should be a “requirement for bullying to be reported and recorded within schools”reported and recorded within schools” • Police need to be more involvedPolice need to be more involved • There should be an on-line reporting system that isThere should be an on-line reporting system that is referred back to schoolsreferred back to schools
    12. 12. 12 Anti-Bullying Peer SupportAnti-Bullying Peer Support SchemesSchemes • Young people feel it’s “harder to tell an adult” andYoung people feel it’s “harder to tell an adult” and that there need to be “other young people to listen tothat there need to be “other young people to listen to you” Each school needs to have an active system ofyou” Each school needs to have an active system of peer support for bullying in place with older pupilspeer support for bullying in place with older pupils providing support. “Older mentors, trained sixthproviding support. “Older mentors, trained sixth formers and on-line peer support” schemes would beformers and on-line peer support” schemes would be a good idea. Peer support was felt to be verya good idea. Peer support was felt to be very important.important.
    13. 13. 13 What are the solutions?What are the solutions? • Young people saw the two mostYoung people saw the two most important solutions being to trainimportant solutions being to train adults to deal with bullyingadults to deal with bullying properly (1/5 of all comments)properly (1/5 of all comments) and providing good support forand providing good support for victims of bullying (1/5 of allvictims of bullying (1/5 of all comments).comments).
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