It’s Anti-Bullying Week this week, but do we still need it?
Did you know that bullying is one of the biggest challenges facing people below the age of 18 right now? Yet there’s still a few myths that suggest it’s ‘just part of growing up’ or the rhetoric that tells those who experience bullying to ‘just ignore it’.
But in 2020, 1 in 4 young people have been bullied and this has increased by 25% since last year.
This week, in commendation of Anti-Bullying Week, we’re asking – do we still need it?
Here are 9 reasons why the answer is a massive yes.
1. Going through bullying can feel lonely, crappy and isolating
Anti-Bullying Week sends a clear and much needed message to anyone who is currently suffering at the hands of bullying: you are most certainly not alone. Whilst it feels lonely and dark sometimes, help is available. You can talk to us here.
2. Bullying is one of the biggest issue facing young people today
The latest Ditch the Label research finds that half of all teens in the UK have at some point experienced bullying, with a third being subjected to online abuse.
3. Because the impacts can’t be ignored
You think bullying is ‘just part of growing up’? How about depression, anxiety, suicide, self-harm and eating disorders? Are those things part of growing up too — because these are all very real impacts of bullying.
4. It’s literally impossible to ‘ignore it’
Telling people to ignore the abuse they receive sends a very clear message – withdraw from your emotions and allow the abuse to continue. It is literally impossible to not be impacted by persistent bullying.
5. The internet makes it easier than ever to be abusive
It’s no secret that the internet dehumanises us all and researchers have known for a long time that people find it easier to be abusive towards something that they consider to be less than human. Throw anonymity into the mix and there’s a perfect storm for online abuse.
6. Bullying isn’t old news
Contrary to popular belief, Bullying is not an outdated thing but in fact, it is a very current issue that loads of people are going through right now.
7. Anti-Bullying Week raises crucial awareness
By raising awareness of the catastrophic effects that bullying can have, we can help those most affected by it.
8. And provides a forum for those who need it
Talking about bullying can be tough and may feel embarrassing and Anti-Bullying Week provides a safe forum to talk about these issues. Don’t forget that we have the largest and only dedicated online support community for anybody who is affected by bullying. You can get involved here.
9. Anti-Bullying Week opens the door to talking about the root issues
Anti-Bullying Week allows us to raise awareness to the work we do with those who bully to become better, happier and more understanding people instead of villainising them. In doing so, we can overcome bullying all together.
If you’re currently going through bullying, please don’t suffer in silence. We can help you and we can help make it stop, so utilise us and please speak up. We’re here and we’ve got your back.