Anti-Bullying Week: Crystal Palace charity issues top tips to deal with bullies

PUBLISHED: 17:18 18 November 2013 | UPDATED: 17:18 18 November 2013

To mark the beginning of Anti-Bullying Week, a Crystal Palace-based charity have revealed their tips for children worried about bullying.

BeatBullying, based in Belvedere Road, was started 10 years ago from the home of Emma-Jane Cross and has today helped countless young people with personal issues.

Almost half of all young people say they’ve had experiences with bullying at school, but an encouraging recent survey found more than 90 per cent of parents are confident in talking about bullying with their children.

BeatBullying founder, Emma-Jane, said: “What’s great is that so many of the young people we spoke to had fantastic advice that we would definitely agree with.

“However, sadly much of that advice comes from negative experiences, and too many are still experiencing violent and cruel bullying at school, on the streets or online.

“The words of these young people should be a wake-up call for parents, teachers and policymakers alike. We cannot let children continue to face this threat alone.”

Below she lists her top tips for young people worried about bullying:

1. The young people and parents we spoke to are absolutely right. Our number one piece of advice is to talk to someone. Don’t suffer in silence – whether it’s a teacher, parent or another trusted adult, or even one of our young BeatBullying mentors

2. Similarly, if you are being bullied online, always report anything abusive you see online to the site concerned. Flag it, report it, and talk to someone about it.

3. Many of the young people we spoke to had experienced physical bullying. If you’re worried that this might happen to you, try not to isolate yourself. Stay around friends or in places that are public or well supervised by staff. And if the bullying happens in a certain place, e.g. the toilets, try your best to avoid that place.

4. Another piece of advice that many young people gave was ‘don’t retaliate’. We agree – while it may be tempting, it can often make things worse and could land you in trouble.

5. Finally, one 16-year-old girl said it best: “Don’t ever think you are alone because people care”. Remember that you are not alone and that support is available for you. I’d urge any young person who is worried about bullying to visit today where young people like you are there to give advice and support.

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