Bullying can be in many ways, from verbal or physical to sending messages via mobile or on social media. In any case, Bullying is unacceptable.
Bullying is the repetitive and persistent, intentional hurting of someone which is divided in to four basic categories.
As a school, they should deal with bullying as soon as possible and not leave it to escalate. This can lead to the student suffering emotionally or physically. They need to support the victim and not the person doing the bullying.
All bullying in and out of school needs to be investigated when reported by the parent/carer or student. If not reported to school, they will not be able to investigate what is going on and put the correct measures in place to try and stop the bullying. If it involves crime, you should report it to the police.
In schools there needs to be a positive behaviour for learning ensuring all students have a chance to thrive and learn in an environment that has respect and dignity for others. To help prevent bullying in schools, it is good for schools to have/do the following.
If you are a young person or child of school age, your school should have a Policy in place to deal with bullying. If you are a student, you should speak to your Tutor or Head of Year and discuss the issues you have been experiencing. It is good to have a log of times when incidents have happened, when, where and who was involved.
As a parent identifying your child is being bullied, you should contact the school and speak to the relevant person in charge of dealing with behaviour. Make an appointment to discuss in person the issues and a plan of what you want to happen.