Anti Bullying

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Anti – Bullying Policy

Objectives
Our Own High School Anti-Bullying Policy outlines what the School will do to prevent and tackle bullying. The policy has been drawn up through the involvement of the staff and prefectural body.

Definition

Bullying is “Behaviour by an individual or a group, usually repeated over time that intentionally hurts another individual either physically or emotionally”. Bullying can be short term or continuous over long periods of time.

Types of Bullying:

Emotional| being unfriendly, excluding, tormenting (e.g. hiding books,threatening gestures),| Physical| pushing, kicking, hitting, punching, biting or any use of violence| Direct or Indirect Verbal| Taunting, mocking, name-calling, targeting members of the family, making offensive comments, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing, offensive graffiti, gangs| Cyber bullying| Inappropriate text messaging and electronic messaging (including through web-sites, Social Networking sites and Instant Messenger), sending offensive or degrading images by phone or via the internet|

Why is it Important to Respond to Bullying?
Bullying hurts. No one deserves to be a victim of bullying. Bullying has the potential to damage the mental health of a victim. Everybody has the right to be treated with respect. Pupils who are bullying need to change themselves and learn to behave in a socially acceptable manner.

Signs and Symptoms
A child may indicate by signs or behaviour that he is being bullied. Adults should be aware of these possible signs and that they should investigate if a child:

* doesn't want to go on the school bus
* begs to be driven to school
* is unwilling to go to school (school phobic)
* begins to be truant
* becomes withdrawn, anxious, or lacking in confidence
* starts stammering
* attempts or threatens suicide or runs away from home/ school * cries himself to sleep at night or has nightmares
* feels ill in the morning...
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