Bullying – Not in our class! Not in our school!
What is Bullying?
- Bullying is aggressive behaviour that is intentional.
- Bullying involves an imbalance of power. For example, there is an imbalance in social status, age, physical stature, etc.
- Most often, the behaviour is repeated over time.
There are five different kinds of bullying behaviour. They are:
- Physical bullying: when physical actions such as hitting, poking, tripping or pushing, are used to hurt and intimidate. Repeatedly and intentionally damaging someone’s belongings is also physical bullying.
- Verbal bullying: involves the use of negative words, like name calling, insults, homophobic or racist slurs, or words used to intentionally upset someone.
- Social bullying: when lies, the spreading of rumours or nasty pranks are used. This includes repeated mimicking and deliberate exclusion.
- Psychological bullying: involves the repeated and intentional use of words or actions which can cause psychological harm. Examples include intimidation, manipulation and stalking.
- Cyber bullying: this is the big one at the moment and is when technology is used to verbally, socially or psychologically bully. It can occur in chat rooms, on social networking sites, through emails or on mobile phones.
Our School’s Anti-Bullying Rules
- We will not bully others
- We will try to help students who are bullied.
- We will try to include students who are left out.
- If we know that somebody is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school and an adult at home.