What is bullying?
Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behaviour that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behaviour is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.
When is it not bullying?
Have a look at this article. Its really useful for explaining the difference between inconsiderate behaviour, and bullying http://www.huffingtonpost.com/signe-whitson/bullying_b_2188819.html
What should I do if I am being bullied or see someone being bullied?
- tell someone. It can be a teacher, form tutor, head of House, teaching assistant, parent or friend. They can then give you help on what to do next. It won’t stop unless you do something about it.
- Look at these website for advice:
www.stonewall.org.uk regarding homophobic bullying
What happens if I am bullying someone else? What might happen to me?
- We think it’s important for you to apologise for your behaviour and make amends. Its also really important for the other person to tell you how they were feeling, so you understand how your behaviour has impacted on them. This might happen face to face (if the person you have bullied is comfortable with this), or it might happen via a letter
- You may receive sanctions for your behaviour. It could be a detention, an internal exclusion or even a fixed term or permanent exclusion. The severity of the sanction is dependent on what you have done, and whether it is repeated behaviour
- We will tell your parents
- We will tell our governors. Although your name won’t be given, we legally have to report on bullying to them
- We may tell the police. Particularly if it has taken place out of school or on social media
What’s important is that you treat people with respect and how you would like to be treated.
Look at this film clip about cyber-bullying: