"Be an encourager, the world has plenty of critics already"
Children will often have arguments and fallout with other pupils. Getting over these is an important part of learning about relationships and developing social skills. Bullying is very different!
So what is bullying?
Bullying is usually targeted behaviour that is repeated over time and is intended to be hurtful either physically or emotionally. It is often motivated by things such as race, gender, disability (including having special educational needs), body image, sexuality, religion and faith. Bullying at school can take many forms, including physical assault, teasing, threats, name calling and cyber bullying. If left unaddressed, it can have long-lasting effects on a child’s mental health, educational attainment and their lives well into adulthood.
Support and advice for children and young people
Preventing and eliminating in School
Preventing and eliminating bullying is an important responsibility of the whole school. It’s about creating an ethos of good behaviour where pupils treat one another and the school staff with respect because they know it’s the right way to behave.
Recognising bullying should not start at the point at which a child has been bullied. By addressing and educating about the harmful effects that bullying can have, schools can help to create a safe environment where pupils are able to learn and thrive.
Below are resources for schools on anti-bullying
Resources for schools and parents
Peer pressure ‘Back Me Up’ resources for key stage 2
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