David Coleman seeks participants for new TV series on bullying
Published 01/07/2011 | 10:34
BULLYING in Ireland is a real problem today. In a new series, clinical psychologist David Coleman wants to offer his expertise and therapeutic support to a number of young people who have been affected by bullying – either as a victim or as a bully.
As well as offering counselling, David will use practical steps in an attempt to help these teens and pre-teens gain perspective on their bullying experiences and show them ways to build their self-esteem.
David’s ultimate aim is to help them try to move beyond this negative period in their life.
But there is more to this series than David’s therapeutic support for these teens.
He wants to explore the various forms of bullying that exist today, to help the audience understand the causes of bullying and offer practical steps that adults and teens can use to identify bullying, address the issue and help teens to cope with it.
David will also look beyond Ireland to get first hand experience of innovative ideas, being used abroad, which might work here.
This timely and compelling television series (due for transmission in early 2012) will shine a light on this highly sensitive subject and give a voice to those affected by bullying.
Did you know?
Bullying takes many forms including cyber bullying, physical bullying, psychological bullying and phone/text bullying etc.
According to the Unicef Ireland report Changing the Future: Experiencing Youth in Contemporary Ireland published earlier this year bullying remains a serious concern for all Irish teenagers.
A total of 55 per cent were bullied. Though “cyberbullying” was quite common (20 per cent), traditional forms of bullying were most prevalent.
Of those who were bullied, 96 per cent were bullied with words and 43 per cent were bullied with actions.
Some 24 per cent of those who were physically bullied were beaten up, 33 per cent were attacked, 55 per cent had things thrown at them and 59 per cent had things stolen. Interestingly 21% admitted to having bullied another person and 28% said they had been accused of bullying.
The Nationwide Study of Bullying in Irish first and second level schools conducted by Dr Mona O'Moore in Trinity College Dublin indicates that some 31% of Primary Students and 16% of Secondary Students have been bullied at some time.