ONLINE BULLYING: WEEK 3

Do The Right Thing continues to raise awareness about online bullying. Nowadays children have increased access to the internet and as a result, bullying can now  follow children wherever they go and can be with them 24 hours a day. This has had devastating effects, costing many children’s lives.

Since our anti-bullying campaign began, Do The Right Thing has received a number of emails from upset and disheartened parents whose children are facing bullying either at school or online. Many of them are frustrated at the lack of support their children are receiving. This week’s show addresses this issue and explored the role that schools play in helping to deal with bullying. We looked at how parents can report instances of bullying, what they can do if they feel there is limited support and what options are out there if school is no longer seen as a feasible option for their child.

On this week’s show, Esther speaks with Dr Carrie Herbert from Red Balloon to discuss the great work that they do in helping children who have self-excluded from school. The charity has several centres in the south of England and an online provision called Red Balloon of The Air. It supports young people who have self-excluded from school and are missing education because of bullying or other trauma. Red Balloon provide an academic and therapeutic programme to enable their students to get back on track and reconnect with society and have helped many children to do just that, including Hannah who we met in our first episode of the series.

Michael Underwood also spoke to Alex Holmes from The Diana Award to hear about the great work currently being done in some of our schools to reduce bullying. He talks about their Anti-Bullying Ambassadors programme, which has trained over 30,000 young people across the UK. These young people help educate children on bullying, lead on anti-bullying campaigns, promote a culture which celebrates and tolerates difference and help keep the children safe both online and offline.

Red Balloon is a specialist education provision for severely bullied or traumatised young people up to Key Stage 4 who have self-excluded from school. Their aim is to provide a short-term placement where students can recover from events of their past, rebuild their confidence, and build the skills they need to reintegrate with their peers in mainstream education, further training or the workplace. Red Balloon has a significant focus on the mental well-being of their students and operates under a negotiated curriculum, designed to account for our individual students’ needs and goals. They recognise that success is not just about obtaining good grades; they measure progress in terms of their student’s engagement, well-being and personal development in addition to their educational progression.

If you need help, because your child is refusing to attend school as a result of bullying or other trauma, you can find out more about Red Balloon on www.redballoonlearner.org or by calling 01223 366052 or emailing admin@group.rblc.org.uk.

If you would like to know more about The Diana Award, visit their website on: https://diana-award.org.uk/anti-bullying/

If you would like to visit the Ofsted Parent View website use the following link: https://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk/

If you’d like to get in contact with Anti-Bullying Pro, visit www.antibullyingpro.com/support-centre

If you would like to get in contact with Childline, you can call them on 0800 1111 or visit their website www.childline.org.uk for more ways to get in touch.

If you would like to get in contact with The Mix, you can call them on 0808 808 4994 or visit their website www.themix.org.uk for more ways to get in touch.

For support and advice about bullying and cyberbullying, visit the NSPCC website on: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/child-abuse-and-neglect/bullying-and-cyberbullying/

If you’d like to get in contact with the National Bullying Helpline, visit nationalbullyinghelpline.co.uk

If you’d like to get in contact with Bully Busters, visit bullybusters.org.uk