Bullying can be defined as repeated verbal, psychological or physical aggression conducted by an individual or group against others. It is behaviour which is intentionally aggravating and intimidating, and occurs mainly in social environments such as schools, clubs and other organisations working with children.
It includes behaviours such as teasing, taunting, threatening, hitting or extortion behaviour by one or more children against a victim. While the more extreme forms of bullying would be regarded as physical or emotional abuse and are reportable to health board or An Garda Síochána, dealing with bullying behaviour is normally the responsibility of the school or organisation where it is taking place.
Training for teachers and staff/volunteers in organisations working with children should include modules on raising awareness and developing techniques for dealing with bullying.
(Department of Health and Children, 1999)
Anti-Bullying Training for Parents
NPCPP offers training for parents and guardians to help them deal with instances of bullying. For more information on our training for parents check out our free Anti-bullying training course or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
NPCPP recommends that parents, guardians and young people use the resources which are available on bullying from the National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre (ABC). The following resources may provide information to help you and your young person:
- Parenting Positively: Helping Teenagers to Cope with Bullying
- If you are Being Targeted by Bullies
- Top Ten Tips to Prevent and Deal with Cyber-bullying
- If you are Being Targeted by Cyber-bullies
For more information please go to www.antibullyingcentre.ie or you can call 01 884 20 12
ABC – National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre
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