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Anti-bullying week: Children are scared to be brilliant, to shine, Notebook

Anti-bullying week: Children are scared to be brilliant, to shine

With Anti-Bullying Week running from 19-23 November, Lauren Seager-Smith from the Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA), which is hosted by the National Children’s Bureau, discusses the effects of bullying on our children and young people and what can be done to tackle it.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Monday, 19 November 2012 at 1:38 pm

The growing problem of cyber-bullying, Notebook

The growing problem of cyber-bullying

Although it’s been around for as long as I can remember, I appreciate that for most adults, cyber bullying is quite a new phenomenon. And something I don’t quite think they’ve grasped yet is how to treat it. Unlike other forms of bullying, its effects often aren’t seen until it gets completely out of hand, and sometimes when it is too late.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Friday, 26 October 2012 at 5:06 pm

65,000 hate crimes against disabled people and rising. This has to stop., Notebook

65,000 hate crimes against disabled people and rising. This has to stop.

Last night the ITV Tonight programme led the way with a documentary looking at the rise if disability hate crime, press propaganda and palpable apathy on the issue.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Friday, 24 August 2012 at 12:02 pm

Standing up to friends is just as important as voicing your opinion on a common enemy, Notebook

Standing up to friends is just as important as voicing your opinion on a common enemy

Stewart Lee is widely regarded by many in the comedy world and the fans who worship them as a comedy God. Oddly for an atheist, and I’ve always thought, an unassuming man, he’s something of a comedy Jesus too, as he’s seen by many as being able to walk on water. His social commentary is [...]

By | Notebook, Opinion | Thursday, 12 July 2012 at 4:00 am

The dangers of internet copycat behaviour, Notebook

The dangers of internet copycat behaviour

Take two siblings, perhaps one is eight and one is six. The first, let’s call him Rory, slaps his mother hard across the face at the dinner table.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Friday, 6 July 2012 at 2:00 am

Big Brother bullying: When sexual and physical abuse are seen as entertainment, Arts

Big Brother bullying: When sexual and physical abuse are seen as entertainment

Big Brother is not exactly a stranger to blazing rows between housemates; in fact, one could be forgiven for thinking that they positively encourage as much bile and hatred as possible between contestants.

By | Arts, Notebook | Friday, 29 June 2012 at 12:00 am

The debate: Sticks and stones – is it just banter?, Notebook

The debate: Sticks and stones – is it just banter?

Derogatory language is common among children, but is using terms that have undoubtedly negative connotations detrimental to how children will view minority groups, or are efforts to quell offensive language among school children futile, and a step too far?

By | Notebook, Opinion | Wednesday, 20 June 2012 at 12:00 am

Cyber bullying: Claudia Boerner’s sad death proves Twitter can be a playground for adults, Notebook

Cyber bullying: Claudia Boerner’s sad death proves Twitter can be a playground for adults

The news today that a model who appeared on the German version of Come Dine With Me has committed suicide due to internet trolls, only sets in stone the harm that social networking sites can do if we misuse them.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Tuesday, 10 April 2012 at 6:00 pm

The growth of playground politics, Battle of Ideas

The growth of playground politics

When Harriet Harman recently described Danny Alexander as a “ginger rodent”, she was quickly advised to apologise. Her bungled attempt to jibe the chief treasury secretary was derided by her political opponents as an insult to Scotland’s ginger-haired population.

By | Battle of Ideas | Tuesday, 23 November 2010 at 6:00 am

Will there ever be an end to bullying?, Notebook

Will there ever be an end to bullying?

This morning I read that 90% of people surveyed by the UK’s Eating Disorder charity, BEAT, have been victims of bullying, with half of those directly attributing the bullying to the onset of their Eating Disorder. I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the remaining numbers could have been bullied as a result. It is [...]

By | Notebook | Friday, 12 November 2010 at 1:47 pm

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