Feeling safe and happy at school
At Hillside Primary School, we want to make sure that you feel looked after, safe and happy when you are in and out of school.
Sometimes we don’t know if something bad is happening, so you need to tell us.
This policy looks at bullying, and what you can do when you feel you are being bullied, or when you notice someone else being bullied.
We can help you by:
- Helping you to know what bullying is.
- Teaching you what to do if you feel like you are being bullied, or if someone else is being bullied.
- Telling you names of grown-ups that you can speak to.
What is bullying?
A bully is someone who hurts another person more than once, by using behaviour which is meant to
scare, hurt or upset that person.
At our school, we use the word ‘STOP’ to identify bullying:
It is important to remember that single problems and falling out with friends are not bullying.
Bullying is behaviour which is repeated on purpose and is meant to upset someone.
Types of bullying
Bullying can be different things and isn’t just hitting or kicking another person.
Emotional bullying is hurting someone’s feelings, leaving them out or bossing them about.
Physical bullying is punching, kicking, spitting, hitting or pushing someone.
Verbal bullying is teasing someone, calling them names or using hand signs. People can also use verbal bu
llying to be racist or homophobic.
Racist means bullying someone because of their skin colour, race or what they believe in.
Homophobic means bullying someone because of their gender or sexuality; calling someone gay or lesbian would be homophobic.
Sexist means bullying someone because of their sex (whether they are a boy or a girl).
Cyber bullying involves sending horrid messages over the internet or by text message.
Bullying can be done through another person, by one person asking another person to say nasty things.
What should I do if I am being bullied?
If you are being bullied, the first thing you should do is tell the bully to stop.
You can also:
- Make eye contact and tell the bully to leave you alone.
- Ignore the bully and walk away.
- Tell a grown-up, such as your parent, carer or teacher.
You should try not to:
- Do what the bully says.
- Let what the bully says or does upset
- Get angry or hit them.
Always remember that if you are being bullied, it is not your fault and you are never alone.
You shouldn’t be scared to talk to someone if you are being bullied. If you talk to a grown-up, we can make the bullying stop.
What should I do if I see someone else being bullied?
If you see someone else being bullied, it is important that you help that person.
You should never walk away and ignore the bullying if you see someone else being bullied, because the
bully will keep on upsetting that person.
If you can, and it is safe, tell the bully to stop, but never get angry or hit them.
Tell a grown-up, such as a teacher, as soon as you’ve seen someone being bullied.
Grown-ups can stop the bullying and make that person feel happy again.
You should never feel scared to tell someone about bullying.
Who can I talk to?
It is important that you tell someone as soon as you are being bullied, or you notice someone else being bullied.
Speaking to someone like your mum, dad, carer or teacher will mean that we can make sure the bullying stops and doesn’t happen again.
The list below shows the grown-ups at our school that you can speak to:
- Mrs Schonau
- Mrs Wainwright
- Any adult in your classroom
How can I help stop bullying from happening?
We can all help stop bullying at our school by:
- Making sure we keep to the rules in this guide.
- Helping others when they are in need.
- Being kind, friendly and respectful to others.
- Thinking about people’s feelings before we say or do something.
- Taking part in circle time and anti-bullying week.
Childline is a free 24-hour counselling service for children and young people up to their 19th birthday in the United Kingdom provided by the NSPCC. Childline deals with any issue which causes distress or concern, common issues dealt with include child abuse, bullying, mental illness parental separation or divorce, pregnancy, substance misuse, neglect and psychological abuse.
Childline is yours - a free, private and confidential service where you can be you. Whatever your worry, whenever you need help, however you want to get in touch. They are there for you online, on the phone, anytime.
A Childline counsellor:
- Will listen to you
- Knows it takes courage to contact us
- Is genuine, open and friendly
- Knows about the problems young people can face
- Wont judge you or put you down
- Isn’t easily shocked
- Will let you take your time
6 Facts about Childline:
- They were started in1986 by Esther Rantzen
- They help any young person in the UK
- You can talk to them in English or Welsh
- They can help with anything - fro abuse and bullying to exam stress and relationships
- Calling Childline is free and doesnt show up on the phone bill
- In 2006 they joined the NSPCC to help even more young people
You can talk to them about anything. No problem is too big or too small.
Call them on 0800 1111 or get in touch online. However you choose to contact them, you're in control. It's confidential and you don't have to give your name if you don't want to.
CHILDLINE CONFIDENTIALITY PROMISE
Confidentiality means not telling anyone else about what you've said. So whatever you say will be just between you and Childline and you can feel safe talking to them, knowing that no one else will find out. But sometimes, if they are worried about your safety, they may need to get you help.
Useful support websites: