Bullying

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The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service aims to improve organisations and working life through better employment relations.

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0300 123 1100
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This is a coalition of organisations and individuals working together to stop bullying and create safe environments in which children and young people can live, grow, play and learn.

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Part of Family Lives. Provides help on all forms of bullying – at school, cyberbullying, racism, homophobia, bullying in sport etc.

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0808 800 2222
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Resources aimed at young people, parents and teachers about safe and positive use of the internet. It contains information about what the risks are to users and outlines practical advice in avoiding or minimising risks when using online and mobile technologies.

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020 7639 6967
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A national, charitable organisation, set up to challenge homophobia, specifically homophobic bullying, through education.

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0808 1000 143
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An anti-bullying helpline for parents.

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Network for Surviving Stalking aims to provide support to victims, potential victims and others affected by stalking/harassment throughout the UK.

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They provide an ‘intensive care’ full-time education for children aged between 9 and 18 who are unable to go to school because they have been severely bullied or who have suffered trauma.

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Provides a support network to raise the issue of homophobia in schools

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Digital technology has become ubiquitous in our society. Most people own at least one mobile device. This has its advantages, as people now have access to real-time information and are easily able to communicate with friends, family, and business associates. People are online more than ever and sharing their lives on social media. And this trend is going to continue as new apps and platforms continue to be developed.

85% of Americans own smartphones as of 2021, with 53% owning tablets, according to the Pew Research Center. This number will certainly continue to grow. Another Pew Research Center report stated that 48% of Americans say that they go online several times a day and 31% say they are online almost constantly. Many children and teenagers will have a smartphone and a tablet, while simultaneously having access to a computer either at home, at school, or in internet cafes. Technological devices are here to stay, and they can have either positive or negative effects depending on how they are used.

Unfortunately, continual access to digital information comes with a series of disadvantages. And one of these is the rise of cyberbullying. 24/7 access to digital technology is not an advantage when the technology is being used to harass or discriminate against an individual. It can be a terrible situation where children are bullied around the clock, afraid to turn on their device for what they might find on it. The role of parents is to stay alert to the dangers of over-exposure to these types of technology.