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By J.S.La Fontaine

A distinct "Bullying Line" for colleges begun by means of ChildLine attracted 7000 telephone calls from young ones. This e-book offers an research of those calls, as noticeable throughout the eyes of these who've suffered bullying, and indicates methods of tackling this challenge.

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In the bullying, these personal characteristics are made fun of or scorned. The victims-have to endure this and feel that the bullying results from their having those characteristics. However, the references to personal features are the means by which the bully causes distress and not necessarily the cause of the bullying itself. More than one study of bullying has pointed out that there may be other children with the same 'differences' as those that the victim feels are the cause of the bullying.

The research, funded by the Gulbenkian Foundation, was agreed at the outset and case-notes were read and analysed during the period of the Line's operation. This enabled the researchers to clean the data and codify it more accurately than had been possible for the earlier research. The 1,012 case-notes included 188 cases where bullying was the boarder's main problem and another 25 where bullying was an additional problem. These 213 case-records were analysed in-house. 33 APPENDIX II: BIBLIOGRAPHY BOOKS Besag, V E: Bullies and Victims in Schools, Open University Press, Milton Keynes, 1989.

If this is so, then it may not be useful to explain bullying by finding a cause for it in the victim's appearance or nature. A very common complaint made by children on both Lines, was that they were being 'picked on for no reason'. By this they usually meant that no 'reason', in the sense given it above, could be found for the bullying. This type of bullying, that seems to constitute a relatively invariant core to the varied range of behaviour included under this term, remaining a more or less constant proportion regardless of age and gender, supports the suggestion that it is unprofitable to explain bullying entirely by triggering qualities in the victim.

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