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Bullying damages children’s and young people’s physical and mental health, including their self- confidence and ability to build and sustain relationships. It can also destroy self-esteem sometimes with devastating consequences and with the effects lasting into adult life. Bullying undermines the ability to concentrate and learn and can impact on children’s and young people’s chances of achieving their full potential at school and later in life. Bullying causes harm to those who bully, those who are bullied and those who observe bullying. This school believes that all children and young people have the right to learn and work in an environment where they feel safe and that is free from harassment and bullying.
We treat bullying seriously at the school and have, for many years, worked hard to reduce the instances of bullying, including cyberbullying. The school aims to create a climate and school environment in which everyone agrees that bullying is unacceptable and is committed to tackling it in order to improve outcomes for children and young people. We hold regular assemblies on anti-bullying along with tutor, subject and PSHE work and we have a clear anti-bullying policy which can be found here.
What should I do if my child is being bullied?
Top tips (taken from 101 tips for parents; preventing and dealing with bullying)
The most important thing is to try and prevent the bullying from happening.
Offer these tips:
- Avoid the people doing the bullying as far as possible
- Stay with a group of friends whenever possible
- Encourage them to tell an adult they trust and to talk to them about the situation. All research shows that adults nearly always need to be involved in stopping bullying.
When faced directly with bullying, we know that aggression and physical retaliation are likely to make the situation worse.
We offer the following advice to students in our PSHE programme:
- Try not to stay quiet about it
- Write about it in the form of a letter, poem or story and give it to someone to read.
- Ring a helpline
- Stay calm and try not to show you are scared when you confront the bully
- Keep eye contact without staring
- Call for help-shout it out
- Use the ‘and’ method. Whatever the bully says about you respond with ‘and’
- Start assertiveness or self-defence classes
- Try and find new ways of making new friends
- Don’t blame yourself. Bullying is a violation of your human rights.