In our school we believe that Bullying is:
- Constant and regular – it happens several times
- Planned in advance and ‘on purpose’
- Wanting to cause harm to a person
We use the word STOP to help us decide whether it is bullying:
Several Times On Purpose
An act of bullying could be:
- Verbal – Saying unkind things,
- Physical – Kicking, pushing, hitting
- Emotional – Not letting another person join in, excluding somebody on purpose
‘Teasing’ is when you try and get a reaction from somebody else – anger, embarrassment or worry. Therefore it can be a form of bullying.
‘Banter’ is a form of teasing and it could be bullying if it is intended to make somebody upset or angry. ‘Banter’ can sometimes be impolite and inappropriate.
A ‘Joke’ is something that should be funny to all people in the conversation and it is not teasing! A joke is not a form of bullying.
Bullying is not:
- An incident in the ‘heat of the moment’
- A fall-out
- A disagreement or difference of opinion
- An accident
IF YOU ARE BEING BULLIED OR IF SOMEBODY IS UNKIND TO YOU:
- Tell the Ministers for Anti-Bullying on the yard – they will report it for you or help solve a disagreement
- Press the STOP button on the website – Mr. Smith will get an email alert. He may speak to your parents
- Tell an adult in school
- Tell your parents