Anti-Bullying Including LGBT+ Bullying And Cyberbullying
Bullying is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated at Newton Burgoland Primary School.
If you have any concerns about your child being bullied then please contact Mrs Ward or your child’s class teacher. A report will be completed and we will take action from there. There are links below to organisations which can help.
All bullying incidents are logged and outcomes recorded.
Example record sheet
At Newton Burgoland both the victim and the perpetrator will be supported.
The sections below will give you more information about how we tackle bullying and discrimination at our school.
How we work together to prevent bullying
In every class we expect all of our pupils to be able to work productively, kindly and purposefully with all of their peers. We do not ability group our pupils for learning. Instead, we use random seating to promote cohesion.
We have high expectations to prevent any form of bullying from our community by:
- Providing a safe, secure and inclusive learning environment for all with a strong sense of community and good standards of behaviour.
- Expecting all pupils to be able to work productively with each other; proactively supporting the development of positive working relationships.
- Ensuring a friendly, supportive atmosphere in which all learners can develop their full potential.
- Fostering the positive values, attitudes and skills that learners need to be confident, healthy, well-adjusted and responsible community members.
Homophobic, BIphobic and Transphobic Bullying
We do not tolerate any form of bullying. Two of our pupils attended a days training with other young people across Leicestershire to look at different forms of bullying. They shared their findings with us:
- It is not OK to use the word 'gay' to describe something in a derogatory manner.
- All people should be treated as equal
The following books maybe useful to you in celebrating diversity with your child at home:
We are participating in the 'Everyone's Welcome Scheme'- using picture books to ensure that learners are given the opportunity to recognise that being different is great.
Support available for families from:
Please see below or follow the link at the bottom of the page to download our recent HBT Bullying leaflet, creating by pupils in Year 5 and 6 in 2020.
Cyberbullying: an issue for today's children
WHAT IS CYBER-BULLYING?
There are many types of cyber-bullying. Although there may be some of which we are unaware, here are the more common.
- Text messages —that are threatening or cause discomfort — also included here is "Bluejacking" (the sending of anonymous text messages over short distances using "Bluetooth" wireless technology)
- Picture/video-clips via mobile phone cameras — images sent to others to make the victim feel threatened or embarrassed.
- Mobile phone calls — silent calls or abusive messages; or stealing the victim’s phone and using it to harass others, to make them believe the victim is responsible.
- Emails — threatening or bullying emails, often sent using a pseudonym or somebody else’s name.
- Chatroom bullying — menacing or upsetting responses to children or young people when they are in web-based Chatroom.
- Instant messaging (IM) — unpleasant messages sent while children conduct real-time conversations online using MSM (Microsoft Messenger) or Yahoo Chat – although there are others.
- Bullying via websites — use of defamatory blogs (web logs), personal websites and online personal “own web space” sites such as Bebo (which works by signing on in one’s school, therefore making it easy to find a victim) and Myspace — although there are others
At Newton Burgoland Primary School, we take this bullying as seriously as all other types of bullying and, therefore, will deal with each situation individually.
Technology allows the user to bully anonymously or from an unknown location, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Cyber-bullying leaves no physical scars, so it is, perhaps, less evident to a parent or teacher, but it is highly intrusive and the hurt it causes can be very severe.
Young people are particularly adept at adapting to new technology, an area that can seem a closed world to adults. For example, the numerous acronyms used by young people in chat rooms and in text messages (POS — Parents Over Shoulder, TUL — Tell You Later) make it difficult for adults to recognise potential threats.
At Newton Burgoland Primary School, pupils are taught how to:
- Understand how to use these technologies safely and know about the risks and consequences of misusing them.
- Know what to do if they or someone they know are being cyberbullied.
- Report any problems with cyberbullying. If they do have a problem, they can talk to the school, parents, the police, the mobile network(for phone) or the Internet Service Provider (ISP) to do something about it.
Three steps to stay out of harm’s way
1 Respect other people — online and off. Don’t spread rumours about people or share their secrets, including their phone numbers and passwords.
2 If someone insults you online or by phone, stay calm — and ignore them.
3 ‘Do as you would be done by.’ Think how you would feel if you were bullied. You’re responsible for your own behaviour — make sure you don’t distress other people or cause them to be bullied by someone else.
The law is on your side The Protection from Harassment Act, the
Malicious Communications Act 1988
And Section 43 of the Telecommunications Act may be used to combat Cyberbullying. People may be fined or sent to prison for up to six months.
Our years 5 and 6 pupils take responsibility for updating information for parents and pupils on how we work together to prevent bullying.
Don't put up with body-shaming - pupil leaflet
The NSPCC web site gives information about what bullying is and signs and symptoms your child might show if they are being bullied.
NSPCC Bullying Advice
ChildLine is the free helpline for children and young people in the UK.
Other links to help prevent Bullying online
- UK Council for Child Internet Safety UKCISS - www.education.gov.uk/ukccis
- Know IT All for Parents - www.childnet.com/kia/parents
- Thinkuknow — Parents - www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents
- Cyberstreet - www.cyberstreetwise.com/#!/school
- Parent information on esafety - http://parentinfo.org
- 02 and NSPCC free resources & telephone helpline — www.o2.co.uk/nspcc — helpline is 0800 800 5002 — keep kids safe online
- E Safety Adviser - www.esafety-adviser.com/latest-newsletter
- Keep an eye on children's online activity BBC - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-38501093
Anti=bullying- Callum ( aged 10 and a lot!)
Why do this: hurt me, kick me, punch me, push me to the ground?
It hurts me on the inside, I need somebody to stand by my side.
Help me! Stop by-standing!
I'm on the ground hurt you just walked past me.
I get up.
I go home.
I lie on my bed.
Sad, helpless, lonely......
What should I do?
- Tell an adult.
- Ask for help
- Tell your friends
- All of the above.
(the answer is all of the above)
Bullying is Bad!