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Webchat: Bullying 18.09.2017 4:30-5pm

Join us for a chat from 4:30pm on Monday 18th September 2017.

Think you’re being bullied and need advice? Don’t know where to go for help and support? Join us online for a webchat on Monday 18th September 4.30-5pm to talk about bullying. A school nurse will be available to talk to you and offer advice. Talk to other young people and share ideas to help you get through a difficult time. Remember….you are not alone.

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Chat Health (Sarah - Moderator) / 18 Sep 16:17

Join us in 15 minutes for today's webchat on bullying

Chat Health (Sarah - Moderator) / 18 Sep 16:30

Welcome to today's webchat on bullying.

Bullying can take many forms, from physical or verbal abuse to bullying via text messages or the internet (cyber-bullying). Any form of bullying is unacceptable.

Do you or any of your friends experience problems with bullying?

Chat Health (Sarah - Moderator) / 18 Sep 16:35

Bullying UK has lots of advice regarding bullying and have identified myths regarding bullying such as:

Myth: Bullying is a normal part of childhood and you should just ignore it
Fact: Bullying is not "normal" or acceptable in any form and ignoring might not always make it stop. If you can, please confide in someone you trust such as a parent or teacher to help you get it stopped. Bullying can knock your self-esteem and confidence.

Chat Health (Sarah - Moderator) / 18 Sep 16:38

Myth: Bullying only happens in schools
Fact: This is not the case at all, bullying can happen to anyone at any place. It may be out of school, at university or even college. It can happen when you are out with mates or on the way to or from school

Chat Health (Sarah - Moderator) / 18 Sep 16:43

Myth: Online bullying is just banter and harmless
Fact: People being bullied online is a very serious issue, the bullying can go viral very quickly and make the problem escalate quickly. It is important to take a screenshot of any conversations, messages or posts that you feel are bullying so that you have a record.

Chat Health (Sarah - Moderator) / 18 Sep 16:46

Myth: Cyberbullying doesn't involve physical harm so what's the harm?
Fact: Actually, some people have committed suicide as a result of not seeing any way out of the non-stop harassment, threats and abuses. The emotional scarring stays for a lot longer and sometimes a person will never get over this. Some websites allow people to post anonymously which can mean it is very hard to stop this abuse.

Chat Health (Sarah - Moderator) / 18 Sep 16:49

Myth: Cyberbullying can only affect someone if they are online and have an account too
Fact: This is not true, we often hear of pages and fake accounts being created without person’s permission or knowledge. This sort of cyberbullying is on the increase and just as serious as any other form of bullying.

Myth: It is not bullying if someone deletes the comment or post
Fact: Regardless of hitting delete, once something is posted online is gets its own unique URL which means that it can stay on cyberspace even if you hit delete.

Chat Health (Sarah - Moderator) / 18 Sep 16:53

Myth: Reporting a bully will make things worse
Fact: You may worry that reporting a bully might make the bullying escalate or they feel they are not believed. It is important to confide in someone you trust so that you can have some help in getting the necessary support to get this stopped

Chat Health (Sarah - Moderator) / 18 Sep 16:59

How to solve the problem
 Ignore the bully where possible. Remember that the bully is looking for a
reaction from you, so don’t give them the satisfaction.
 Tell a teacher you can trust. The bully should not find out that you have told
the teacher. The teacher can quietly alert other teachers to keep an eye on
the situation and catch the bully red handed. If you find it hard to speak to
the teacher, you can always write a note.
 Tell a friend whom you can trust. Remember it's good to have a witness
whenever possible. If you feel that you would like some moral support, ask
your friend to accompany you to see the teacher.
 Tell a parents or guardian. It will not stop unless you speak out.
 Keep a record of the dates, times and instances when the bullying occurs.
 If your health is being affected in any way, speak to your family doctor. It
is always a good idea to speak to a counsellor. Many schools today have a
school counsellor; if not, they can arrange for you to have access to a
counsellor who is specially trained to help support you during this unpleasant
period.

Sometimes, the bullying spills outside school hours, and the school may not wish to get involved. Where this happens, you can tell the police about the bullying

Chat Health (Sarah - Moderator) / 18 Sep 17:01

Thank you for joining today's webchat, remember if you are having problems with bullying then speak to someone who can help you

This chat is now closed!

This chat is now closed, thanks for taking part.

Should you need anymore information on this topic, have a look at:

http://www.healthforteens.co.uk or:

www.nspcc.org.uk 

www.childline.org.uk 

www.youngminds.org.uk

Alternatively you could speak to your parent/carer, a trusted adult, member of school staff, your Public Health Nurse (previously known as a school nurse) or doctor.  If there is an emergency then please contact 999 or visit A&E.

You can text your Public Health Nurse through the ChatHealth messaging service which runs Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm.  If you go to school in Leicester City please text 07520 615386, if you go to school in Leicestershire County or Rutland then please text 07520 615387.

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