Bullying: The Child's View by J.S.La Fontaine

By J.S.La Fontaine

A distinct "Bullying Line" for colleges begun by way of ChildLine attracted 7000 cellphone calls from teenagers. This booklet presents an research of those calls, as noticeable during the eyes of these who've suffered bullying, and indicates methods of tackling this challenge.

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A few of the parents who telephoned the Bullying Line did so because they were angry and frustrated at the failure of their efforts to get a response from their child's school. One mother was reported as saying that Her family were at their wits' end. Jon, aged 14, had been bullied at school for the last four years. Seven boys had been involved, of whom three were the ringleaders. The incidents had been consistently reported to the school, who said they were dealing with it, and had, at times, suspended the boys concerned.

D. = no data 30 n = number F = female Total 28 28 43 99 M = male 57 31 12 100 n= 2,184 11. CONCLUSIONS This study is derived from the calls made by children about what they perceived as bullying. In many respects their views differed from those of adults. The children's implicit definition of bullying is broad and inclusive; it does not attempt to distinguish between 'real' bullying and any other kind of bullying. They most emphatically do not regard bullying as an inevitable 'part of growing up' but want it to be stopped.

The need for multiple strategies is stressed in articles written to give advice on coping with bullying. ChildLine counsellors employed a number of strategies so as to take account of the different situations the children described. Children who had not told an adult were helped to think of one they might trust to talk to; others were encouraged to enlist the help of their parents, if they had not already done so. In general counsellors encouraged children and parents to take their problems to the school, to teachers or school counsellors and, if these people could not or would not help, to the head or to the governors.

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