Help, I think I’m being Bullied?!

Help, I think I'm being Bullied?!

In today’s show we speak with an expert in Bullying, Sinéad McKee who works with Childline and the ISPCC.

Buster and Buddy learn what bullying behaviour is….AND what it Isn’t! Sinéad explains how important for everyone to understand the difference as sometimes even adults get confused as to what bullying really is!

She explains HOW you can work out if behaviour you’re experiencing really is bullying…or if in fact it’s something else entirely.Phew!

She gives some really great tips about what you can and should do if you are being bullied and to stop this behaviour once and for all….because no one deserves to be bullied.

With her years of experience working with young people who bully, she explains to Buster and Buddy that people who bully are not as powerful and brave as they might seem on the outside. She has found that their bullying behaviour is usually because they feel sad about a part of their life and aren’t really that happy in themselves….and many may in fact be lacking in confidence.

But she tells that there is help available for every child in Ireland, whether they are the young person doing the bullying, or the one being bullied. As Sinéad says, EVERYONE has the right to get support!

Michelle and her team have a collective 50years experience working with kids as teachers, entertainers and parents!

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Sinéad McKee

Childline Community Engagement Manager ISPCC

Sinéad McKee completed a Bachelor of Social Science Degree in University College Cork and then went onto complete her Master’s in social work at University College Dublin. Before joining the ISPCC in  2008, Sinéad gained experience in the disability section, Child Protection and also in Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

Sinéad’s initial role within the ISPCC was as a Childline Therapeutic Support Worker. As a CTSS worker, Sinéad worked from a resilience model to provide children, young people and families with therapeutic support during difficult or traumatic times in their lives.

Sinéad had professional training in Mediation and completed further training in Non-Violent Resistance.

She then went on to become more involved in the ISPCC;s Advocacy Department and for two years held the position as National Anti-Bullying Co-Coordinator. Sinéad is currently the Childline Community Engagement Manager – Children’s Lead. Sinéad’s focus is to support and empower schools and communities to help nurture the resilience of children and young people.

For more information and resources check out www.childline.ie or www.ispcc.ie

The ISPCC is for children. Our purpose is to listen to them, empower them, strengthen their resilience and enable them to live their best possible lives.

The ISPCC provides a range of services directly to children and families and advocates for change to enhance the lives of children in Ireland.

  • The Childline Listening Service is Ireland’s 24-hour national active listening service for all children and young people (up to and including age 18) in Ireland
    • The service is private, confidential and non-judgemental
    • Any child or young person can contact Childline for free, about any issue which may be on their mind. There is no topic too big or small
    • Childline can be reached at any time of the day or night by chatting online at Childline.ie, calling 1800 66 66 66 or texting to 50101
  • The Childline Therapeutic Support Service is a free, comprehensive, community-based one-to-one support service (including out-of-hours access) to children and young people face-to-face and on online
    • The service is provided by professional ISPCC Childline Therapeutic Support Workers
    • It aims to intervene to provide children and young people with the necessary supports to promote psychological resilience and maintain their psychological wellbeing, regardless of social or emotional background
  • Childline.ie provides access to the Childline Live Online Chat support service, as well as to a bank of information and support content on a range of various issues which children and young people may encounter in life – from mental health, to friendships, to relationships and sexuality, online safety and more.

 

  • The ISPCC Support Line provides a confidential listening service, offering information, advice and emotional support to members of the public who contact us on any issue in relation to child protection and welfare.

 

  • The ISPCC’s Support Line service can be contacted by email to parentingsupport@ispcc.ie or between 9am – 1pm Monday – Friday by calling 01 522 4300.
    • The service is a preventative service, primarily aimed at individuals who have family relationship or parenting needs, as well as those who may have concerns in relation to children.
    • This service enables the individual caller to talk over their needs with a professional ISPCC staff member who offers non-judgemental support, information and guidance

 

  • The ISPCC Digital Ready Hub is parents and carers’ destination for trusted information on how they can support children and young people to have positive experiences online. 
    • We want parents and carers to be equipped with the tools they need to guide children and young people safely through the wonderful, and sometimes turbulent, world of the internet
    • The Digital Ready Hub includes a ‘Digital Ready Check’ where parents and carers can check how they’re faring when it comes to supporting children and young people online, as well as contributions from experts, downloadable resources and tip guides, support and information content and more

 

  • The ISPCC Parenting Hub has an array of information on a wide variety of parenting topics including the issue of bullying.