What is Bullying?
Bullying is behaviour that hurts someone else – such as name calling, hitting, pushing, spreading rumours, threatening or undermining someone.
It can happen anywhere – at school, at home or online. It’s usually repeated over a long period of time and can hurt a child both physically and emotionally.
Bullying that happens online, using social networks, games and mobile phones, is often called cyberbullying. A child can feel like there’s no escape because it can happen wherever they are, at any time of day or night.
Verbal abuse, such as name calling and gossiping
Non-verbal abuse, such as hand signs or text messages
Emotional abuse, such as threatening, intimidating or humiliating someone
Exclusion, such as ignoring or isolating someone
Undermining, by constant criticism or spreading rumours
Controlling or manipulating someone
Racial, sexual or homophobic bullying
Physical assaults, such as hitting and pushing
Making silent, hoax or abusive calls
Online or Cyberbullying.
What should you do if you think you or someone else is being bullied?
The most important thing is to tell somebody. This can be hard because you may be worried about making it worse but by telling an adult we can work together to make it stop. You can tell a trusted adult in your family but we also want you to tell an adult in the school. This could be your teacher, a teaching assistant, Mr Le Bredonchel or any other adult that helps in our school. You can also write a note for your class worry box. We will then work with you and your parents or carers to make sure it stops.
For more information about bullying and cyber-bullying visit the NSPCC website here.
As a school, we are very proud of how effective we are at stopping bullying once we have been told and have received very positive parent feedback about our response.
If you are a parent concerned about bullying please contact your child's teacher immediately.