Anti-bullying Policy: Guidelines for Pupils
The Pupil School Council is strongly opposed to bullying. It encourages all members of the school community to work towards ensuring a bullying-free environment. The Academy will not accept bullying behaviour of any kind. The aim of this policy is to stop bullying. This policy was written in conjunction with the Pupil School Council and the PTA at Kelvinbridge.
What is bullying?
Bullying is a misuse of power. Bullying is the wilful desire to hurt or threaten or frighten someone else. The victim is subjected over a period of time to repeated acts of aggression, which may involve physical or verbal attacks, name-calling, malicious gossip, exclusion, damage to or theft of property, or coercion into acts which he or she does not wish to do. Bullying may also occur with no conscious desire to hurt, when the bully does not realise that what he or she says or does constitutes bullying. The bully may also be attempting to be humorous at the expense of another pupil.
Bullying behaviour includes:
- Writing something offensive about someone, using graffiti, notes, letters, text messages, e-mails, etc.
- Taking and/or sending offensive or humiliating photographs.
- Verbally abusing someone by insulting them, name-calling, making threats, spreading malicious rumours, using sarcasm.
- Physically hurting someone by hitting, kicking, pushing, shoving, spitting, tripping up, etc.
- Damaging personal property such as books and clothing.
- Urging others to bully.
- Excluding someone by making sure they are isolated from their friends and peers.
- Humiliating someone because they are seen to be “different”, e.g. they are individual in their style or dress, come from a different culture or religious background, have a different set of values, etc.
- Racist behaviour such as name-calling, making racist jokes, offensive mimicry, etc.
- Making comments of a sexual nature including those about appearance, attractiveness and emerging puberty.
- Homophobic behaviour, whether through the derogatory use of the spoken word (e.g. name-calling, making jokes or using the word 'gay' in a negative way), through the written word, or by insinuation or offensive mimicry, for example.
- Targeting pupils with special needs or disabilities by insulting them, name-calling, making threats, spreading malicious rumours, using sarcasm, etc.
- It is not bullying if two people have a fight or disagreement.
What to do
If you are being bullied or if you have seen someone being bullied:
- Tell the bully to stop the bullying behaviour.
- Do something positive about it. To do nothing always encourages the bully.
- Talk to someone that you can trust, for example a parent, any teacher, the school nurse, a friend.
- Write down what has happened. Always be honest and stick to the facts.
- Online - look out for "report abuse" buttons on websites and use them when you see cyberbullying happening.
- Feel you have to deal with the problem by yourself.
- Try to use violence against the bully.
- Be dishonest; If you exaggerate, this casts doubt on your version of the story.
- Believe lies that a bully may tell.
Other Sources of Help:
Anti-bullying Network: 0131 651 6103 or www.antibullying.net
Childline Bullying Line for Young People in Scotland - a free, confidential and anonymous helpline for any child or young person concerned about bullying on 0800 1111
LGBT Youthline: 0845 113 0005 or www.lgbtyouth.org.uk
respectme: Scotland's AntiBullying Service: www.respectme.org.uk
Think U Know: Advice about cyberbullying and a place to report online abuse. www.thinkuknow.com
Policy to prevent cyber bullying
What is cyber bullying?
Cyber bullying is the use of Information Communications Technology (ICT), particularly mobile phones, social websites, photographs, email, text messaging and the internet, to upset someone else. It can be particularly unpleasant as it can take place at any time and can intrude into spaces that have previously been regarded as safe or personal.
The school community wants to protect all its members and provide a safe, healthy environment. Any member of The Glasgow Academy responsible for cyber bullying within school can expect to be subject to the school bullying sanctions.
Measures to prevent cyber bullying:
- Always respect others on-line.
- Treat your password like your toothbrush – keep it to yourself.
- Block the bully – learn how to block or report someone who is behaving badly.
- Think before you send.
- Read the cyber bullying policy and ask any questions to help you understand it.
- Save the evidence. Screen shots are particularly effective.
- Tell someone: your parents, your tutor, head of house, a prefect or a teacher.
- Be aware that a school is a community; merely being outside the school does not remove you from this community.
- Talk about cyber bullying in tutorials, assemblies and lessons.
- Look out for "Report Abuse" buttons on websites, particularly if you see something that concerns you.
- Post any comment on social networks that could be misconstrued.
- Stand aside, as not helping can be as harmful as bullying
- Retaliate or reply!
- Become involved in social networking sites when underage.
- Get it wrong. Realise that anything written on the internet can be permanent. The school, future employers, Universities, parents or friends can see it at any time.
- Remember that once you post something on the Internet, you lose control of it. It might be there forever.
All staff will listen to your concerns and worries regarding cyber bullying, as they would any bullying issues.
Staff with particular skills in this area are:
- Heads of House
- The Deputy Rector, Mr Pearce
- Mrs Young, English (Senior School)
- The School Nurses, Mrs Dean and Mrs Davies
- Mr Fraser, Art and Design (Senior School)
- Mr Ford, Geography (Senior School)
- Mrs McDonald, Head of Computing (Senior School)
- Mr Brooke (Prep School)
- Mrs Kirkhope (Prep School)
- Mr Fairlie-Clarke (Prep School)
The school will use a range of problem-solving approaches that it deems appropriate. These include mediation, peer-support, restorative justice and counselling. Should the bullying persist or be of a violent or very serious nature, the school will take disciplinary action against the bully. This could include withdrawal of privileges, detention and suspension. As with any other significant disciplinary issue, if bullying persists, you may lose your right to be a member of The Glasgow Academy and be expelled.