It may seem innocent when you are just a bystander. Name calling, teasing… „Kids have always done it, it’s natural,” some might say. Parents and teachers are inclined to ignore it „as long as it doesn’t get too serious”, or they simply don’t know what to do about it and how to react. This blog post looks specifically at how parents can talk to their child about the topic of bulling or support their children if they experience bullying.
What is bullying?
Bullying comes in many forms, it can be:
- physical e.g. hitting, kicking, biting
- verbal e.g. calling names, spreading rumours
- emotional e.g. deliberately excluding someone from a group
It can occur in-person or through other means e.g. online. Cyber bullying is one of the main forms of bullying nowadays and the impact for those involved can be devastating.
Power for Good – Anti-Bullying Week in the UK
Here’s the thing – no matter what form it takes, bullying should always be taken seriously.
This week, 14-18 November, is Anti-Bullying week in the UK and it’s a great opportunity to raise awareness among our friends, children, and students. As adults, we need to be mindful of bullying and it is our responsibility to educate ourselves and our children on the topic. We should also be aware that adults can also be the victims of bullying, it isn’t just restricted to school age children.
This year’s slogan is Power for Good. Everyone is encouraged to understand, „the ways in which they are powerful and encouraging individual and collective action to stop bullying and create the best world possible”.
The official website of Anti-Bullying Week is a good place to learn more about bullying and how can we talk about it with young people. It is rich in resources to inform and guide discussions about bullying.
Three additional Anti-Bullying resources
- British Council Learn English Teens website is another great resource. It features an interesting text on bullying along with an online comprehension check questions and downloadable worksheets. Added bonus, it is available in three different levels (A2, B1 and B2) so it can be used by anyone starting from pre-intermediate level.
For those who prefer watching rather than reading, there are two videos on Learn English Teens. One consists of short interviews about bullying, while the other tackles the problem of cyber bullying. Both come with questions and downloadable content and both can initiate useful discussions on the topic.
- Music As music plays an important part in young people’s lives, it’s also worth inviting them to listen to songs about bullying. One good example is Hopeful. It’s based on the author’s own experiences of being bullied and may be an inspiration for many young people.
- CEOP One final key resource to learn about bullying and its impact is CEOP’s.
Youtube channel, which contains a collection of anti-bullying videos. What’s great about it is that you can find videos on different aspects of bullying, for different age groups. For example, Children as young as five can learn about cyber bullying. Even better? Some of the resources on this site come with Polish subtitles.
British Council Poland – raising awareness
We hope you find the above resources useful. This week is the ideal opportunity to raise awareness of the impact of bullying in Poland too and to try to support those you think may be suffering.
If you are in one of our British Council Poland teaching centres this week, our teachers will be delivering lessons on the topic of bullying as well as wearing anti-bullying blue ribbons to remind our our students how important the topic is for all of us.