A. Definition of Bullying
Bullying is repeated agression, verbal, psychological or physical conducted by an individual or groups against others.
B. Types of Bullying
There are many forms of bullying and these can be further defined under the following headings:-
– Physical Aggression
– Damage to Property
– Name Calling
– Cyber Bullying (through texting, mobile phones, e-mail or social networking sites)
- The creation of a positive school climate which focuses on respect for the individual is essential for the prevention of bullying behaviour.
- Pupils and Parents must be made aware of the fact that bullying is an unacceptable form of behaviour which will not be tolerated in the school.
- Pupils must be made aware that reporting incidents of bullying is important. However, the distinction should be made between informing on bullies and “Telling Tales” (which can often be defined as “trying to get someone else into trouble”)
- Bullying as unacceptable behaviour is dealt with under the school’s “Code of Discipline and Behaviour” and should be referred to and discussed on a regular basis.
– The need for respecting others must be constantly reinforced through Religion and Social Studies lessons.
– Children’s Social and Interactive Skills must be developed.
– Children will be taught how to respond in a non confrontational manner to a bully.
– As teachers we must continuously monitor the “At Risk” pupils, and try to raise their levels of self-esteem.
It is important to ensure all incidents of bullying are reported to the Principal and thoroughly investigated. Where it is determined that serious bullying has occurred the Principal should be informed and he/she, in turn meets with the Parents of those involved and agrees on how the matter may be resolved.