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Anti Bullying Week - It is important to be able to recognise bullying. - Life skills

#AntiBullyingWeek is 12-16 November 2018.

Someone you know could be being bullied or even be the one doing the bullying. You may even yourself be subjected to bullying. Bullying may take place over a long period or may consist of single acts of physical, verbal or non-verbal conduct which the recipient finds unwelcome, offensive, upsetting or threatening. Harassment is defined within the law as “engaging in unlawful conduct which has the purpose of violating other person’s dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading or offensive environment for that person”. Harassment may be intentional or unintentional; the main consideration is the impact that it has on the person or group targeted.

Bullying is defined as;

“The intentional hurting of one person by another, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. It is usually repetitive or persistent, although some one-off attacks can have a continuing harmful effect on the victim.”

(Anti-Bullying Alliance, 2009)

Bullying or harassment can take many forms, including:

  • Unwanted physical contact ranging from touching to serious assault, including pushing, hitting, kicking, slapping, pulling hair, deliberately tripping, taking and hiding belongings, damaging belongings etc.
  • Unwanted verbal or written contact including name-calling, insults, public humiliation, inappropriate banter, suggestive remarks, innuendoes, offensive jokes or language. All of the above can also be sent by email, text or multi-media messages from mobile phones or posted on internet sites
  • Non-verbal harassment e.g. staring or gestures
  • Indirect harassment such as spreading malicious gossip and rumours, ostracisation, ignoring and withdrawal of friendship, isolation and exclusion from activities. It also includes unwanted visual display of posters, graffiti, screensavers etc.
  • Unwanted coercion such as pressure to join a particular “gang”, political group etc.
  • Unwelcome sexual advances or pressure for sexual activity where this is unwelcome
  • Victimisation e.g. singling out an individual for particular treatment or criticism
  • Intimidation by, for example, aggressive or threatening behaviour
  • Any other actions or incidents which the individual or group of individuals believe amounts to harassment or bullying.

There is a significant amount of evidence that shows that bullying has a destructive and harmful long-term impact on the lives of young people, not only on those being bullied, but also on those who bully, and those who stand by. It can lead to feelings of self-doubt, lack of confidence, low self-esteem, anxiety or depression.

If you feel you are being bullied or harassed, then let your parents or tutors know. Your tutors are trained to deal with it seriously and will ensure you are no longer in harm's way. We also have a student support team on each campus too who are there to help you so don’t feel like you have to deal with it alone!

For more information and guidance take a look at: http://www.bullying.co.uk/

Like all educational institutions, MidKent College takes bullying very seriously and does not affect our vision and values. If you see bullying that should be reported, tell a member of staff who will sensitively handle the issue.

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