At ITEC North East we have a zero tolerance policy towards any form of bullying and feel that it is important to explain the effects of bullying and ways in which we can potentially deal with it.
What is bullying?
Bullying is the result of an unequal power dynamic. Essentially the strong attacking a weak or finding a weakness that they can exploit in someone else. Often it can be caused by the bully is jealous of the person being bullied.
It can happen through physical violence, verbal abuse (in person or online), or through manipulation of relationships (spreading rumours, humiliation or deliberate exclusion of a person from a group). Workplace and professional bullying have been found to have been just as common as childhood bullying, but often is less obvious.
Effects of bullying
Bullying affects everyone and affects everyone for different reasons, whether you’re the victim, a bystander or the bully itself. It can have a serious long-lasting effect on your life. It has links to mental health issues, suicide and substance abuse. It’s imperative that people are aware of what implications bullying has on people’s lives.
People who witness bullying also tend to develop anxiety. If someone is a bystander when an altercation is taking place but chooses not to take part, they may leave the incident feeling like they could be the next victim, especially if the issue is severe or ongoing within the workplace or elsewhere.
There is a multitude of short-term and long-term effects that bullying can have on a victim. Some effects can be long-term and stay with the victim for many years to come. The short-term effects include; social isolation, sleep disturbance, changes in eating habits, low self-esteem and symptoms of depression.
Ways to deal with bullying
There are a multitude of websites out there to help you if you’re being bullied. Although it seems impossible at the time its imperative to know that there is a way out. You’re not alone. There are many different organisations and charities set up to tackle this issue and they have a plethora of ways to deal with it. It’s always important to remember that they are there to help you. Companies like CEOP and BullyingUK are set up with the sole purpose of helping those who are being bullied. All it takes is a visit to their website, a phone call to their helpline or a message to their live-chat and what may seem like the worst thing in the world will start to dissipate. It won’t happen overnight but it will get better.
Here at ITEC, we understand how damaging bullying can be to someone’s life. If you know anyone who is a victim of bullying or you are being bullied yourself, please don’t hesitate to visit any of the links attached below;