We believe that all young people have the right to come here without fear of being bullied. We aim to create a calm, secure and caring atmosphere in which all students can benefit from their education. We do not believe bullying to be widespread at Litcham School, but it does happen. We always consider all complaints connected with bullying seriously, no matter what the circumstances, and always try to deal promptly, sensitively and efficiently with incidents when they do occur.
What is meant by bullying?
Behaviour by an individual or group, usually repeated over time, whether it is intentional or not, that hurts another individual or group either physically or emotionally. (DCSF, 2007)
BULLYING can be:
- Physical · Sexual / Sexist
- Verbal · Homophobic
- Indirect · Physical or learning Disability bullying
- Racist · Faith-based
Text messages / E-mail / Chat-rooms / Instant Messaging (IM) / Via websites / Phone call via mobile phones / Picture/video clip via mobile phone cameras
What should a student do if he/she is being bullied?
Tell yourself that you do not deserve to be bullied.
Remember it’s good to be an individual
- TRY NOT to show that you are upset.
- TRY TO STAY with a group of people —there is safety in numbers – or in an open public place.
- TRY to be assertive – say NO – walk away confidently.
- DON’T FIGHT BACK – generally this makes things worse.
- TALK TO AN ADULT / PAL
- MAKE A NOTE of WHO is involved, WHAT happened, WHERE it happened and WHEN.
- IF CYBER-BULLIED a) block b) report c) give evidence (print page)
NEVER REMAIN SILENT – THIS IS THE BULLY’S GREATEST WEAPON
What should other students do if they are aware the bullying is happening?
Bystanders – REPORT IT
If you cannot, or do not wish to be involved, TELL AN ADULT YOU TRUST, IMMEDIATELY. You will not be named and the bully or bullies will have no knowledge of your involvement.
Bullying does occur and is part of growing up, but unfortunately rarely sorts itself out.
Many children bully or are bullied at some point. If you or the school have reason to suspect your child is involved we will need to support each other to overcome the problem.
REMEMBER WE CANNOT STOP BULLYING IF WE DO NOT KNOW ABOUT IT.
Together we can make our anti-bullying policy successful