Bullies are very cunning and are expert at getting away with it.
At Giffard Park, we believe that every child is unique and special. We all know that bullying is hurtful and we will do our best to stop it. Helping children to recognise bullying is so important so please look through this guide with your child. Through our range of PSHE lessons and dedicated anti-bullying week we teach children that bullying is an on-going repeated issue with the same child/children that occurs over a period of time.
Bullying can include:
- People calling you names
- Making things up to get you into trouble
- Hitting, pinching, biting, pushing and shoving
- Taking things away from you
- Damaging your belongings
- Stealing your money
- Taking your friends away from you
- Posting insulting messages on the internet
- Spreading rumours
- Threats and intimidation
- Making silent or abusive phone calls
- Sending you offensive phone texts
- Bullies can also frighten you so that you don't want to go to school, so that you pretend to be ill to avoid them.
How to solve the problem
If you are being bullied, tell a friend, tell a teacher and tell your parents. It won't stop unless you do. It can be hard to do this so if you don't feel you can do it in person it might be easier to write a note to your parents explaining how you feel, or perhaps confide in someone outside the immediate family, like a grandparent, aunt, uncle or cousin and ask them to help you tell your parents what's going on.
Your class teacher needs to know what is going on so try to find a time to tell them when it won't be noticeable. You could stay behind on the pretext of needing help with some work. Think about your ‘Caring Hands’ and one of your trusted adults in school that you can talk to. This could be a Learning Mentor, teacher, teaching assistant or Miss Donoghue. Please don't be tempted to hit back because you could get hurt or get into trouble.