Recently, there has been a lot of publicity in the national newspapers about the problem of bullying in our schools.
Bullying will not be tolerated at Labor school and we outline below some information and advice about bullying:
What is bullying?
Bullying can mean different things. These are some ways children and young people have described bullying:
- Being called names
- Being teased
- Being pushed or pulled about
- Being hit or attacked
- Having your bag and possessions taken and thrown about
- Having rumours spread about you
- Being ignored and left out
- Being forced to hand over money or possessions
- Being attacked because of your religion
What does it feel like to be bullied?
Bullying hurts. It makes you scared and upset. It can make you so worried that you can’t work well at school. Some children have said that it makes you feel that you are no good, that there is something wrong with you. Bullies can make you feel that it’s your fault
Why do bullies do it?
- They have their own problems—they may feel upset or angry or feel that they don’t fit in—perhaps they have problems at home?
- Maybe they get bullied themselves, perhaps by someone in their own family or other adults?
- They’re scared of getting picked on so they do it first.
- They want to show off and seem tough.
- Many don’t like themselves and so take it out on someone else.
How to stop Bullying?
If you are being bullied, you can do something about it.
You can make a difference!
- TELL, TELL, TELL
- Practise what you want to say.
- Keep a note or diary of what is happening.
- Don’t give up.
- Ask your parents to visit school.
- Talk over what to do with a friend, your mum or dad or someone you trust.
- Remember that teachers have to listen carefully when a child tells them about being bullied.
Helping a Friend
Maybe you’re not being bullied, but you know someone who is.
Don’t ignore bullying. You can help. Don’t let bullies get away thinking that no one will do anything.
- Let a teacher or adult know what is happening.
- Refuse to join in.
- Try to be a friend to the person being bullied.
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