It’s anti-bullying week, this week!
Let’s help raise awareness and put an end to bullying!
What is bullying?
- Something that is repeated over time
- Involves deliberate hurtful behaviour
- An inappropriate use of power by an individual or a group with intent to upset physically or emotionally.
- Name calling (possibly-but not always- linked to disability, gender, religion or sexual orientation)
- Racist comments
- Taking or damaging possessions
- Spreading damaging rumours about a person
- Ignoring or exclusion of a person
- Intimidation by mobile phone, text messages or via internet
- Physical intimidation or actual physical contact (e.g. hitting, punching etc.)
- Try to stay calm.
- Try to be assertive without retaliating.
- Speak out and tell someone what is happening. Depending on the circumstances you can try telling the person that his/her behaviour is offensive (they may not realize).
- Talking to a friend or someone you can trust can be an important step in understanding how you feel about what is happening.
- Tell someone you trust. e.g. parents, carer, personal tutor, duty manager, a member of the student support office or any other member of staff.
- If it is ongoing try to keep a record of times and dates of incidents.
- You may like to make a counselling appointment through the student support office.
- You may decide to make a formal complaint via the Student Disciplinary Procedure. This can be discussed with your Personal Tutor or Student Support.
Because bullying and harassment can be so diverse, it is sometimes difficult to recognize. So firstly if you are being bullied it is important to recognize it as such.
Remember that there are people here to help you and that you don’t have to deal with this on your own. We are happy to talk to those who are feeling bullied (past or present) or those who recognize that they may be using bullying behaviour. If you are concerned and would like to talk to a member of the Safeguarding Team, Student Support Team, College Counsellor, you can make an appointment via Student Support (within Learner Services) or by telephoning 01789 266245 extension 3201.
All enquiries will be dealt with in confidence.
Kidscape (Bullying Counselling) 08451 205 204 www.kidscape.org.uk
Childline 0800 1111 www.childline.org.uk