Bullying or harassment of any kind is unacceptable at
school. If it does occur, students are encouraged to speak
to a member of staff in the secure knowledge that incidents
will be dealt with promptly and effectively.
School rules, regulations, codes of conduct and
boundaries are put in place to ensure they are safeguarded
at all times.
People get picked on for lots of reasons. Being bullied can
make them dread going to school and can also make them
feel depressed, lonely and even suicidal.
Bullying can take many forms from physical or verbal abuse
to sexual and psychological bullying. It also includes issues
that are less visible, like sending nasty texts or spreading
gossip about someone.
Emotional bullying includes: tormenting, excluding
someone, anonymous letters/texts, demanding money,
demanding coursework to copy.
Physical bullying includes: punching, kicking, hitting or
any use of violence, stealing, damaging belongings.
Sexual bullying includes: unwanted physical contact or
sexually abusive comments.
Verbal bullying includes: name-calling, sarcasm,
spreading rumours, teasing, ‘putting down’.
Racist bullying includes: racial taunts, graffiti, gestures.
Homophobic bullying includes: comments about
Cyber-bullying can relate to any of the above but using
social media websites (e.g. Facebook, Instagram,
Snapchat), emails, smart phones or other technology. It
can include private sexual images being circulated
among peers or uploaded online or people being
pressured to send inappropriate images (sexting).
Cyberbullying is bullying by text, instant messaging or email
messages. It can be making insulting comments about
someone on the internet through a website or through social
networking sites. It can also be the uploading of
embarrassing videos or photographs by people they trusted
on the internet or distributing them by mobile phones.
Tell them not to respond to the messages, but to save
them or take a screen shot as evidence.
There are ‘report abuse’ facilities on many websites. Tell
them to inform a member of staff. In some cases they may
want to involve the police.
Be aware of the way you treat others as well as the way
others treat you. Inappropriate behaviour ranges from
minor incidents to serious offences. Examples of
inappropriate behaviour include rudeness, discrimination,
assault and sexual harassment. In some cases it will be
very clear what is inappropriate behaviour whilst at other
times something may make you feel uncomfortable, but the
behaviour is more subtle and difficult to describe. If a
person makes you feel uncomfortable, then their behaviour
is inappropriate and it is important to speak up.
Examples of inappropriate behaviour
Behaviours that are considered to be inappropriate,
concerning or threatening include:
Angry, aggressive communications (verbal or written).
Written material (emails, texts or letters) that suggest a
student may be unstable or have mental health issues.
Sexual harassment (unwelcome sexual conduct of any
Stalking (repeated attempts to impose unwanted
communication or contact).
An uttered threat to harm another.
Using or viewing pornography in a way that contravenes
a school’s IT Policy and/or affects others.
Any act of physical violence, property damage, or
production of a weapon.
Equally, if they act in, or think about acting in an
inappropriate way it is important for them to get help. Are
they being treated badly by someone, or has someone
acted inappropriately towards them in the past? Tell them
to talk to their teacher or school nurse.
All schools have a Bullying and Harassment Policy and
Procedures containing more information and guidelines for
students who are experiencing a bullying issue.
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