Following the Panorama programme on BBC ONE last night we've been asked to go on Radio Newcastle to talk about bullying. They'd also like to talk to any mumsnetter whose child has been a target of sexual bullying, whether at school or elsewhere.
They are keen to reassure anyone who might be worried about taking part that "we would treat them with respect and also that this is a regional programme - so if they're somewhere down south, for example the piece won't be heard in their area."
They want to know: Do we think this type of bullying is a new thing or have we just not heard about it before? If parents are concerned about this type of bullying, how would you suggest they broach the subject with their child? This is an extreme subject, but bullying generally is a big problem, if you're worried your child is being bullied, who can help?
Noone here saw the programme, so if anyone can shed any light on what was on it that might help, also if you have any views or advice on this or bullying in general please post them here. We're supposed to be going on around 11 ish tomorrow (weds) so before then would be great.
If anyone would like to take part themselves, email the producer Jane Downs on email@example.com or call this tel:0191 244 1491
The sexual bullying campaign is part of the WOMANKIND 'Challenging Violence, Changing Lives' programme. We work with young people and teachers to identify sexual bullying in the school environment, define it in the school policies, raise awareness across the school and work on preventative strategies to stop it. We are developing whole-school strategies and resources to stop it. We believe that if schools do not challenge sexual bullying, they are acting as a training ground for violence against women later in life.
It is really important that schools and young people are able to identify and define sexual bullying. We have worked with schools across the UK to define sexual bullying.
"Groping, grabbing, insults eg. swear words, stereotypical gender roles, when appearance and sexuality are demonised." Young woman, School in Haringey, London
It was, as it happens, really common when I was at school in the early to mid eighties- nothing new. Probably in fact more accepted than physical bullying as it was almost part of the culture. It does have effects though- can really reduce self esteem and tends to be concentrated at a time when self images are developing and the personal image is at its most delicate.
ds1 is bullied because of his sn (Aspregers) # me honest exoperience is that nobody much helps- everyone has their own little issue to deal with but nothing can really stop it, especially with a non-changeable factor
He has agorphobia, seems to be developing eating disorders and depression and is scared to go in but it happened at his last two schools so no point in moving him really.
It's a horrid thing to watch your child go though.