What is bullying?
Bullying is deliberately hurtful behaviour, repeated over a period of time, where it is difficult for those bullied to defend themselves
It is important to make the distinction between bullying and friends falling out with each other. Falling out is an inevitable part of a child’s life, bullying is not.
Bullying can occur through several types of anti-social behaviour. It can be:
- Physical – being punched, kicked, hit, spat at, etc
- Verbal – name calling, offensive gestures, ignoring and excluding people, pressurising people to behave in a particular way
- Cyber bullying – sending abusive text messages or emails, making nasty comments in chat rooms
- Damage to property or theft – having your property damaged or stolen. Physical threats may be used to make you hand over your property
You are not alone, talk to someone if you are being bullied.
There are lots of people who want to help. Here are just a few of them:
- Your Tutor
- Your Head of Year
- Any member of staff you feel comfortable with
- Your family
Don’t want to talk to someone you know?
- Childline: 0800 1111
- NSPCC: 0800 800 5000
- Samaritans: 0345 90 90 90
Or look on the internet:
Together we can stop bullying
To report an incident of Bullying to a member of staff or to report any other important issues you may find difficult to mention face to face then use the report button found in your connect students homepage. Simply type in your concerns and a member of staff will read this and get back to you as soon as possible.