Bullying

Let’s Talk About Online Hate Speech

Every single person who uses the internet is vulnerable to cyberbullying, trolling and online abuse. Whether you are an Instagram extraordinaire, a fan of Twitter or a Snapchat pro – it could happen to anyone at any time and celebrities are far from immune. In fact, it seems as though the more followers you have,

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Do We Still Need Anti-Bullying Week?

It’s Anti-Bullying Week this week, but do we still need it? Did you know that bullying is one of the biggest challenges facing people below the age of 18 right now? Yet there’s still a few myths that suggest it’s ‘just part of growing up’ or the rhetoric that tells those who experience bullying to

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My Friends Leave Me Out – What Should You Do?

Being left out is something that we have all experienced within our friendship groups. Whether you can count your friends on one hand or you have a big group of mates, it is inevitable you’re not going to be invited to every single social event. That all seems reasonable enough to say and easy enough

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A Note to Those Who Don’t Have Friends at School – by Priya Rose Toberman

When I was first given the opportunity to write for Ditch the Label back in February, one of my first ideas was for an article like this. However, back then I had got it all wrong. This September (two and a half weeks ago at the time of writing) I started Sixth Form at a

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We’re all Looking for Validation in the Wrong Places

Turn on your TV, open a magazine or refresh your timeline and it’s difficult to hide away from the beauty ideals our society hails as the ultimate. Clear skin, a tiny waist, a stacked chest, zero pores, eyebrows constantly on fleek, designer clothes, and not a body hair in sight. This is the standard we

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Dealing with Online Hate: A Toolkit

The internet is pretty sweet right? We can all agree on that. But for people who are dealing with online hate, it can be a really rubbish place to spend time. The comments section on most articles, photos, YouTube videos and and celebrity Instagram’s are pretty much a minefield of tough to read insults or

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21 Facts About Bullying That You Probably Never Knew

What We Do Every year at Ditch the Label, we carry out extensive research into bullying by asking students across the country about their experiences. We delve into the reasons why people bully and are bullied, as well as asking important questions about things like relationships, gender, mental health and body image. This groundbreaking research

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My Parents are Emotionally Bullying Me

Does it feel like your parents are picking on you? Maybe their treatment of you is making you feel less confident? Is it bullying? The very fact that you’ve sought out this article to get some advice on your parents bullying you says that it could be bullying and you’re definitely not overreacting. Emotional and

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How to use mindfulness to protect yourself from the effects of Bullying

Mindfulness is a powerful tool once we know how to use it effectively. Dr Valerie Mason-John has some valuable tips to remember when you’re experiencing bullying in-the-moment and how to minimise its effects in the aftermath. When you are mindful, you learn to breathe fully into the body, you learn to become aware of sensations

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15 Things We Need To Stop Shaming Each Other About

Being shamed is not only a very real part of experiencing bullying behaviour, but it also a very real part of day-to-day life. Shame can impact negatively on your well-being and self-esteem; it tells us that ‘we are bad’, that we should feel embarrassed of ourselves or a unique factor we might possess, that people

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