“Bullying is behaviour by an individual or group, often repeated over time, that intentionally hurts another individual or group either physically or emotionally.”
The four main kinds of bullying include: Physical, Verbal, Emotional/Non-verbal, and Cyberbullying.
- Physical – hurting a person’s body (e.g. shoving, poking, throwing things, spitting, slapping, choking, punching, kicking, beating, stabbing, pulling hair, biting, scratching, scraping, pinching, threatened violence, or damaging possessions)
- Verbal – saying or writing mean things (e.g. name calling including homophobic language, taunting, nasty teasing, insults, spreading malicious gossip)
- Emotional/Non-verbal – often accompanies physical or verbal bullying. (e.g. rude gestures, ignoring/excluding/isolating a pupil)
- Cyberbullying – involves using social media and the internet to spread rumours or post pictures/videos or fake websites/profiles. Also involves sending malicious emails or text messages on mobile phones.
Lucy (left) from the anti-bullying team presents Annabel with her prize, following the Anti-bullying week raffle. The raffle was used to raise money and awareness of the work of the anti-bullying group.
During anti-bullying week, members of the school’s Anti-Bullying group led assemblies raising awareness of the issues surrounding bullying. The key messages were about ensuring all students know that bullying is never acceptable, and that anyone experiencing or witnessing bullying should report it to an adult or a member of the anti-bullying group. People who are bullied often feel that they can’t report it, as they fear that nothing can be done to help, or that it might get worse. We want to challenge this idea, as the school has a number of ways to stop bullying and support those who have experienced it.