Bullying is an issue that happens everywhere in the world. No matter where you live, where you go to school or how popular you might be you have witnessed, caused or been the victim of aggression from your peers. "No Bullying Zone" is a anti-bullying campaign launched to support communities and schools around Pakistan.
This campaign will focus on bullying, looking at three key areas and what people need to know about them. We will be running workshops as part of our bullying awareness campaign for young people and their families to get involved in helping to spread positive messages about how to deal with bullying, how to help someone being bullied and how bullying affects people.
We want to ensure children, young people and adults understand what bullying is, how serious it is and ways to tackle it, as well as knowing how you can help someone who is being bullied and the devastating impact bullying can have on someone, affecting them not just while they are being bullied, but often for years later.
Bullying is an aggressive behavior that is intentional and that involves an imbalance of power or strength. Typically, it is repeated over time. A child who is being bullied has a hard time defending him or herself. The sort of repeated behaviour that can be considered bullying includes:
Bullying can happen anywhere. It can be in schools, at home, at work, in online social spaces, via text messaging or via email. It can be physical, verbal, emotional, and it also includes messages, public statements and behaviour online intended to cause distress or harm (also known as cyber bullying). But no matter what form bullying takes, the results can be the same: severe distress and pain for the person being bullied
Name calling or put downs, threats, teasing, ridiculing, intimidation and stalking.
Punching, tripping, kicking or stealing and/or destroying someone else’s property. Unwanted kissing or touching.
Leaving people out, not inviting someone to social occasions, stop conversing when someone walks in the room, gossiping, or talking about someone behind their back. This can also include lying and spreading rumours; mimicking or making fun of unkindly; negative facial or physical gestures, menacing looks or playing nasty jokes to embarrass and humiliate.
Hurting someone using technology, via email, chat rooms, text messages, discussion groups, online social media, instant messaging or websites. For example, being teased or made fun of online, having unpleasant comments, pictures or videos about you sent or posted on social media or websites, having someone use your screen name or password and pretending to be you to hurt someone else.
“Make or Break” is an anti-bullying and awareness workshop about different types of bullying delivered in a face-to-face format by Being Woman. This workshop can be delivered to 25-50 students at a time by our trained facilitators.
Topics covered include the types of bullying, statistics, the role of the bystander, strategies to respond to poor behaviour, empathy, respect, cyber safety and where to seek help.
We recommend adopting a holistic approach and educating the entire school community—students, parents, and teachers—to ensure the message is consistent and reinforced. It is our hope that this workshop will raise awareness about bullying and how it affects individuals on a daily basis. Our workshops can be delivered in off-timetable days, over PE lessons in lunchtimes and afterschool.
What you do or say to others can "Make or Break". Bullying is hurtful and can impact someone for a long time. You can talk to us and there are steps you can take to eliminate this epidemic from our communities!