The bully is usually, but not exclusively, someone who is in a stronger physical or social position. Bullying is different from an incident or disagreement, which is generally isolated, and can be dealt with easily when it arises.
Bullying behaviour could include, and generally, repeatedly:
- threatening behaviour, verbal or non-verbal
- isolating a child from the group
- name calling or constant teasing
- saying nasty things to others about a child or a child’s family
- discriminatory remarks to the child or about the child
- interfering with a child’s possessions
- demanding payment of any kind
- physical violence
- sending inappropriate digital messages to a child or about a child
WAYS WE WILL HELP PREVENTION OF BULLYING
In order to ensure that bullying is not prevalent in our school, we:
- will raise the awareness through staff, itinerant staff and parents by the distribution of this policy
will make the prevention of bullying a subject which is raised regularly at assembly
will encourage children to care for each other and to be more observant
will praise children for supportive, co-operative and friendly behaviour
will deal with incidents as soon as possible
will strongly encourage parents to support co-operative behaviour in and around the home and discourage aggressive ways of resolving conflict
We encourage the following actions to be taken by the child who feels he/she is being bullied:
Bullies like secrecy. A child who is being bullied must not allow it to continue. We encourage children who are struggling to speak up and share what is happening. A possible route would be talking to a friend who, in turn, can encourage him/her to:
tell a teacher
tell a prefect
visit the principal in his office at any time
Learners are required to :
Refuse to be involved in any bullying situation;
- If they are present when bullying occurs:
– Take some form of preventative action if appropriate;
– Report the incident and help break the code of secrecy;
– Use the bully box to report incident if anonymity is preferred.
We encourage the following actions to be taken by a parent who feels a child is being bullied:
If a parent or guardian suspects, after noticing changed or unusual behaviour or actual incidents, that a child may be bullied at school, he/she should contact the class teacher or the principal immediately.
Evidence of the bullying should be made available, if possible, so that an investigation of the situation may be put into action as soon as possible. Parents should not take the matter into their own hands by contacting the other child’s parents directly.
We encourage the following actions to be taken after bullying has been identified:
Depending on the seriousness of the situation, the following members of staff may be involved:
Class teacher, Principal, Social worker
The following actions will be taken:
The parent or guardian of the child or children involved will be contacted;
Depending on the seriousness of the situation, an appropriate punishment will be meted out to encourage appropriate behaviour in the future;
Counselling will take place if necessary;
The situation will be closely monitored for repeat offences.