Sean Roddy - O2 Guru

My name is Sean Roddy and I am an O2 Guru in Foyleside, Derry. I have worked here for 9 years with stints in Omagh as a store leader and Ballymena as an assistant store leader. I have been working closely with the NSPCC for the last 4 years carrying out workshops in schools, colleges and in store all based around online safety.

Be a buddy, not a bully!

As it’s anti-bullying week, this week’s blog will be based around bullying and the different forms it takes. It will include a few tips, tricks and solutions around bullying online, as well as a few apps that may help you take the steps towards stopping bullying.

In today’s world, bullying is a stigma that will unfortunately always exist on some level. It can have the most devastating of consequences, and whether it’s kids in a playground, or adults in the workplace, bullying is bullying.

We must do our best as parents, adults, but most of all as human beings to stop bullying when we see it happening, whether it’s right under our noses or on social media.

Anti-bullying Apps

Toottoot – This app gives students a safe voice to report all types of bullying incidents. It allows users to report on the app when the face to face option is unavailable. The app is a fantastic resource for schools to use as it’s confidential and provides an easy way to record incidents.

How to deal with Bullying – This app is filled with advice on how to deal with different types of bullying. Not only is it a great tool for someone seeking advice, but it can also highlight when a discussion may be needed, which in turn will help lighten the load of the victim.  Some of the key topics discussed are;

  • Recognising and dealing
  • How to confront a bully
  • How to deal with bullying
  • How to prevent bullying

And much much more…

I am unafraid- Anti-Bullying – This app is specifically for parents. If you suspect your child is being bullied, this application gives you tips and advice about what to look out for, what questions to ask and provides valuable advice on how to deal with different scenarios.

This app lives by the acronym that stems from the word UNAFRAID of AFRA which is

 Avoid bullies

 Find a friend

 Report bullying

 Act confident

All these apps help with the signs, the statistics and the solutions.

There are many many ways to get help when it comes to bullying. There are dedicated helplines where you can speak about your feelings to help lighten the load. The advisers will also provide advice on what steps need to be taken next and who the incident can be reported to.

The National Bullying Helpline provides both an online and telephone service. They can be reached at: admin@antibullyinghelpline.co.uk or on 08452255787, open 9am-5pm Monday to Friday.

At O2/NSPCC we also offer a range of options around anti-bullying. We offer our very own helpline on 08088005002 which is open Monday to Friday, 9am-7pm, and it has a feature that enables children and parents to call in together and talk through any concerns they may have.

You can also ask for help with any of our O2 guru’s, either in store or online. It’s as easy as booking an appointment right here on www.o2.co.uk/gurubooking and it’s absolutely free regardless of your network, problem or any concerns.

All in all, we need to STOP BULLYING. Little by little we can all do our part and this means putting a STOP to all forms of bullying whenever we see it happen or when someone expresses concerns around bullying.

 STOP        SPEAK.      SUPPORT