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Extent of Bullying Revealed

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12:17pm 20th November 2013

Pirate FM has learnt more than a 170 children say they were bullied in Cornish schools last year.

That is the number of incidents reported to the council, so the real number could be a lot higher.

Pupils from across the Duchy are staging a special awareness event at Kingsley Village.

Caroline Hunt from Brannel School in St Stephens reckons a lot of the ideas could help others:  "It's fantastic. Certainly some of the students in Brannel School have been victims of bullying themselves so they can really relate to how it affects them and part of that has been put into the work that they've done.

"A lot of it is unfortunately from experience but at the same time they can see a way forward and how they can come out of that. These students have come past that really awful bullying stage and are really good students now.

"Bullying won't be tolerated; there is always someone out there to help. If you don't feel comfortable speaking to parents or even teachers there are other people out there to talk to.

Anti-Bullying in Cornwall has this advice for parents.

Bullying...

    is repeated over a period of time
    causes pain and distress
    is behaviour which shows intentional aggression towards the same person or group of people.  

It is not...

    falling out with friends (initially)
    accidental contact during sports
    not being invited to a party/ game once or a couple of times

 
Bullying can be:

    Verbal (saying things and calling names)
    Physical (hitting, pushing and throwing)
    Psychological (leaving people out and dirty looks)
    Written (graffiti and passing notes)
    Racist (because of someone's ethnic or cultural background)
    Homophobic (because someone is, or is thought to be, lesbian or gay, or bisexual or transgendered)
    Cyber (which happens on a computer or mobile phone)
    Sexual (unwanted touching or sexual language)
    Sexist (boys against girls etc.)
    Blackmail
    Extortion
    Coercion (getting people to do things)

Any child can be bullied. The signs will be different for each individual.  Signs may include:

    not wanting to go to school or play out
    worrying about the journey to school
    feeling ill or having nightmares
    unexplained injuries
    seeming withdrawn or upset
    bullying other children
    a change in routines/ truanting
    lost money or unusual requests

You can get more information here:

http://www.abcornwall.org.uk/

12:17pm 20th November 2013

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