What is bullying?
Bullying is when someone intimidates or causes harm to another person on purpose. The victims of bullying can be verbally, physically or emotionally assaulted and are often threatened and made to feel frightened.
This can include:
- verbal harassment - face to face, by phone, text or over the internet
- frightening and intimidation
- damaging possessions
- exclusion at playtime or from social events and networks
How can I tell if a student of mine is being bullied?
Your student may not tell you that he or she is being bullied and it can often be difficult to notice the signs of a bullied student. However, you may notice some changes in his or her behaviour, including:
- unwillingness to go to school
- feeling unwell, often with a headache
- aggression towards you or others members of staff
What can I do as a teacher to prevent bullying?
Discuss Bullying: Give students the opportunity to discuss bullying. Have the class come up with rules against bullying and involve them in determining that bullying behavior is unacceptable.
Provide classroom activities and discussion opportunities related to bullying and violence, including the harm they cause and strategies to reduce their incidence.
Take Immediate Action: Take immediate action when bullying is observed. All teachers and school staff must let children know they care and will not allow anyone to be mistreated. By taking immediate action and dealing directly with the bully, adults support both the victim and the witnesses.
Confront in Private: Confront bullies in private. Challenging bullies in front of their peers may actually enhance their status and lead to further aggression.
What resources are at hand to help?
To help pupils understand and deal with the effects of bullying, we have put together a set of 6 Bullying & Prejudice posters which are ideal for classroom walls and school hallways. The set covers a wide variety of issues including:
- Bullying: The Facts
- Bullying: The Myths
- Don't be a Victim
- Prejudice in Society
- Everybody's different
- Peer Pressure
Want to see more of what this set has to offer? Click here!