Bullying at School

What is Bullying at School?

 

Behaviour by an individual or group, usually repeated over time, that intentionally hurts another individual or group either physically or emotionally’.

Department for Children, Schools and Families (2007), Safe to Learn

 

 

 

‘The repetitive, intentional hurting of one person by another, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power.  Bullying can be carried out physically, verbally emotionally or through cyberspace.’

Anti-Bullying Alliance

 

The definition of bullying must be understood and shared by all – both within your local authority and the community you live.  Children need to understand what bullying is and how it is different from a ‘fall out’ between friends which is common in childhood. 

 

There are three widely acknowledged means of bullying:

 

  • direct physical bullying (pushing, hitting, punching, kicking)
  • direct verbal bullying (yelling abuse at another, name-calling, insulting someone, using verbal threats)
  • indirect bullying,also known as social bullying or relational bullying (spreading rumours, social exclusion, disclosing another’s secrets to a third party).

 

Why Tackle Bullying?   

                    

Bullying takes place anywhere and everywhere: in schools, in the home and within the community. It damages children and young people’s physical and mental health, their ability to learn as well as their ability to build and sustain relationships. It can also destroy self-esteem with the effects sometimes lasting into adult life. For a small few, it leads to self harm and even suicide.

 

 

Local authorities must take the lead

 

Bullying causes harm to those who bully, to those who are bullied, to those bystanders who witness it, and to family members and the wider school community and this is now recognised and reflected within our laws and guidance. Local authorities need to take the lead in delivering an effective and coordinated response to bullying; through working particularly with schools but also with all organisations involved in working with children and young people.

 

Source - anti-bullyingalliancetoolkit.org.uk

 

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