Sandwell against bullying
Sandwell believes that children and young people have the right to be taught in a positive learning environment where everyone has an equal opportunity to achieve socially, emotionally and academically.
What is bullying?
The Government defines bullying as:
Behaviour by an individual or group, usually repeated over time, that intentionally hurts another individual or group either physically or emotionally.
Several Times On Purpose
Bullying needs to be differentiated from other forms of behaviour. For example:
- Two friends who fall out is not an example of bullying.
- Single incidents should not generally be classed as bullying unless the same child repeats the behaviour with someone else.
Bullying can be verbal, physical or emotional and can take many forms including: teasing, put-downs, taunting, threatening, spreading rumours or lies, threatening e-mails, abusive text messages, theft, exclusion, sexual harassment, physical attack.
Why do children and young people bully?
Bullies tend to use a difference as an excuse for their behaviour. These may include: ethnicity, disability, ability, sexual orientation and many others.
There are many reasons why children and young people bully:
- They may feel insecure and/or have no sense of achievement
- They may be under pressure to succeed
- They may have been bullied or abused themselves
- They may have become scapegoats