Mobile Phone Bullying is a serious problem in schools, but just how serious and what can we do about it? A recent study suggests that more than one in five young people have been bullied through mobile phones or via the internet. Children’s charity NCH surveyed 770 youngsters and found 14% of 11- to 19-year-olds had been threatened or harassed using text messages. These figures make it very clear that this problem needs to be tackled.
With recent updates in phone technology bullies are not only using text messaging but pictures and even video to intimidate or embarrass victims.
In order to find a solution it is important that we understand what is classed as mobile phone bullying:
- Abusive calls or messages.
- Silent calls.
- Malicious text messages (Text Bullying).
- Sending offensive or humiliating images.
- Video messaging and sharing.
- Spreading a personal number around (using phones or internet).
- Taking other people’s phones and using them for any of above.
Education is a key solution in the fight against Mobile Phone Bullying, it is important to make children aware of the potential risks and to help them tackle the problem should it happen to them.
Educating children about the consequences and how to correctly use mobile phones is a great starting point. Teaching them to respect others and to take a stand against bullying of all kinds helps too. It is important for schools to educate children regarding Mobile Phone Bullying and this is something that we take very seriously as this is a growing trend.
In our Anti Bullying Workshops students are encouraged to consider the effects of mobile phone bullying, and the responsibility behind owning a mobile phone.
Mobile Phone Bullying is something that every school has to face, as young people spend more and more of their time using phones it is crucial that they are educated about the risks. Our workshops alert young people to mobile phone safety issues as well as asking them to take responsibility for their actions.
If you witness mobile phone bullying, or are aware of it going on at school or outside, then report it to a teacher or your anti-bullying coordinator.
Please visit our Anti Bullying Workshops page to find out more information. 2020 Dreams offers a series of interactive learning workshops aimed at dealing with problems such as Anti Bullying, Gun & Knife Crime and Sex Education.
Or call us on 0800 689 9909 and we can help you.