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What is bullying?

Bullying is intentional behaviour that hurts someone else. It includes name calling, hitting, pushing, spreading rumours, threatening or undermining someone. It can happen anywhere – at school, at home or online. It’s usually repeated over a long period of time and can hurt a child both physically and emotionally.

Bullying can take different forms. It could include:

The following types of bullying are also hate crimes:

What is cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place online. Unlike bullying offline, online bullying can follow the child wherever they go, via social networks, gaming and mobile phone. A person can be bullied online and offline at the same time.

Cyberbullying can include:

You can find out more about cyberbullying on the following link: the HERE page.

Signs of bullying

No single sign will indicate for certain that your child’s being bullied, but watch out for:

Effects of bullying

Children who are bullied:

All children who are affected by bullying can suffer harm – whether they are being bullied, bully others or witness bullying. It’s important all children get support if they are being bullied, or if they are displaying bullying behaviours towards others.

Who’s at risk?

Any child can be bullied for any reason. If a child is seen as different in some way, or seen as an easy target they can be more at risk.

This might be because of their:

Or it could be because they:

Popular or successful children are also bullied, sometimes because others are jealous of them. Sometimes a child’s family circumstance or home life can be a reason for someone bullying them.

Disabled children can experience bullying because they seem an easy target and less able to defend themselves.

How to talk to your child about bullying

  1. Choose the right time. Make sure you can give your child your full attention. They might feel more comfortable talking in the car when you’re not looking directly at them. Or they might prefer to do it at home. Be led by how they’re feeling.
  2. Listen and reassure. Remain calm, even if you’re upset or angry. Your child might be feeling scared or embarrassed. You can help them respond to what’s happening in a way that feels right to them.
  3. Help them get their feelings out. Some children respond well to having a journal to draw or write their feelings in. This can be useful if they’re confused or ashamed about what’s happening.
  4. Get more advice, if needed. If you want more in-depth advice you can use the following link HERE

Let them know who to ask for help

If they don’t want to talk to you, suggest they chat with another trusted adult, such as a teacher or family member. You could also suggest they contact Childline. They can get in touch online or over the phone, and a trained counsellor will support them. They don’t have to give their name, and they can talk about anything that’s worrying them.

Help them relax and take time out.

Children and young people may lack confidence as a result of bullying. Remind them that it’s not their fault; they’re loved and valued. Help them find things to do that make them feel good. They might enjoy:

Watch parents Catherine, David and Laura discuss how to navigate bullying.

How can the school help?

Students can complete the Anti-Bullying form below to report any form of bullying experienced at Stepney All Saints School. All responses remain anonymous, and the relevant year team(s) investigate accordingly.

Please note that this reporting form can only be accessed via your student Google login. Once logged in, the form will appear in full.

You can also contact the Head of Year who will be able to support.