Im scared to go to school More children than ever seek counselling

first_img Show more Childline’s president Dame Esther Rantzen said: “Bullying can wreck young people’s lives, especially now that the bullies don’t stop at the school gates. Cyber-bullying can follow them home until it becomes a persecution they cannot escape. The number of children needing counselling for online bullying has increased by 88 per cent in five years.The NSPCC’s Childline service counselled 4,541 children this year, which was 13 per cent more than the previous year.Children as young as seven told Childline how they were scared to go to school after being bullied.“Every day I wake up scared to go to school, scared about the comments people will make and scared about walking home,” said one 13-year-old girl. “It is imperative that adults, parents and teachers, intervene to protect them, because we have learned over the years from Childline callers that bullying does not stop on its own, left alone it gets worse.”Schools must take this problem seriously, and above all children must ask for help.”The Childline report marks the start of Anti-Bullying Week, which is coordinated by the Anti Bullying Alliance.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “Then I get in and log onto my social networking site and there are horrible messages everywhere. It’s like there’s no escaping the bullies. I’m struggling to cope with how upset I feel so sometimes I cut myself just to have a release but it’s not enough. I can’t go on like this.”Young people told the helpline about the negative messages they received on social media, ranging from abusive comments about their looks; to those directly telling the person to kill themselves.One girl, 14, said: “I am being bullied by a girl at school. She has taken photos of me and posted them on Snapchat calling me fat and ugly and how I will never have a boyfriend. I have been having suicidal thoughts as this girl is really popular and she has turned my whole year against me.”last_img read more

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