Fortunately, we have very little serious bullying at Stanmore but it is something that we wish to eliminate altogether from our school. With that in mind, it is important to identify it whenever it occurs so we can act to stop it.
Not all disputation between children meets the criteria for bullying, nevertheless, the school staff will always work with children to develop the skills and self-regulation necessary to be able to solve differences peacefully and respectfully.
Definition of Bullying at School
Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behaviour among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behaviour is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both children who are bullied and those who bully others may develop serious, lasting problems.
In order to be considered bullying, the behaviour must be aggressive and include:
- An Imbalance of Power: Children who bully use their power – such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity – to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.
- Repetition: Bullying behaviours happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.
Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumours, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.
Types of Bullying
There are four types of bullying:
- Verbal bullying is saying or writing mean things. Verbal bullying includes:
- Inappropriate sexual comments
- Threatening to cause harm
- Social bullying, sometimes referred to as relational bullying, involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationships. Social bullying includes:
- Leaving someone out on purpose
- Telling other children not to be friends with someone
- Spreading rumours about someone
- Embarrassing someone in public
- Physical bullying involves hurting a person’s body or possessions. Physical bullying includes:
- Taking or breaking someone’s things
- Making mean or rude hand gestures
- Cyber bullying involves using a phone or the Internet to hurt others’ feeling or damage their reputation or relationships. Cyber bullying includes:
- Sending harmful messages or image
- Making comments on social media networking sites, like Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat
- Making threats by phone or online
- Using social media, phone or the Internet to spread rumours
If the school identifies these behaviours at school, we will contact parents and carers of the children involved and seek their assistance in supporting their children to stop the bullying.