Bullying in Ireland is a behavioural problem which affects the lives of thousands of school children and their families. The humiliation, fear, frustration, social isolation and loss of self esteem which children experience when bullied results in absenteeism from school, poor or deteriorating schoolwork, personality changes, illness, depression and unfortunately sometimes suicide.
Most people are aware that bullying exists, yet this behaviour often remains largely unchallenged until it manifests itself as either directly impacting on someone we know and care about or as a problem that has become too serious to ignore.
National and International research has shown that bullying knows no boundaries of age, sex or socio-economic background. It can take many forms, it can be short term, or continue over long periods, even years. Bullying behaviour quickly causes pain and distress to its victims.