The bullying factor

Last week, krissy123 wrote a post on this blog about X-Factor. In her post, she mentioned one of the contestants had to leave the competition because she was in trouble for being involved in ‘happy slapping’. Some of you might be affected by happy slapping, some of you might be involved in it, and some of you might not know what it is, so here’s some info…

‘Happy slapping’ is when someone hits someone else and records it on their phone to show other people. It’s nothing to do with ‘happiness’ – it’s actually really hurtful and dangerous. It’s a type of ‘cyberbullying’. You can find out about this on the cyberbullying page on the Think U Know website.

Next week is Anti-Bullying week, so it’s time to take action to stop bullying! Here are some things you can do…

- Find out the issues. ChildLine’s webpage about bullying has lots of helpful info.

- Talk to an adult you trust if it’s happening to you or someone you know, or if you think you might be bullying someone. If you’re not ready to do that, or you don’t have anyone to talk to, you can call ChildLine 0800 11 11.

- Join the campaign to stop people bullying young people with learning disabilities by making a badge on the MENCAP website.

- If you have an idea of something your school could do to stop bullying, talk to your pupil council rep or put it in the suggestion box (if there is one!).

- Get involved in anti-bullying week activities at your school or after-school club. Leave us comments on the blog to tell us what you’re doing – we’d love to hear from you.

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