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Tuesday, 11th August 2020

Positive Behaviour / Anti-Bullying

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Sometimes it is difficult to know what is or is not bullying. Often, actions start out just being fun, but may at some point actually turn into bullying.

Anti-BullyingIf you are not sure whether something has become bullying, stop and think and ask yourself these six key questions:

  • Are my actions or words hurting someone else's feelings?      
  • Are my actions or words hurting someone else physically?
  • Are my actions or words making that person feel afraid?
  • Would I want someone else to do this to me?
  • Am I unfairly taking my anger out on someone?
  • Am I trying to control someone against his or her will?

If the answer to any of these questions is "yes" you should really re-think how you are treating this other person. Your behaviour suggests that you are indeed bullying them!

 If you are being bullied stay safe...    

  • Avoid situations where you may be alone with the bully
  • Avoid situations where you may be confronted by the bully
  • Walk away smartly if you see him/them approaching.
  • Tell a parent or teacher about any bullying - even if the bullying is against someone else
  • Remember the Stay Safe rules: Say 'No' - get away and tell an adult who can help.
  • Teaching your child the following self help strategies would be useful in situations where contact with the bully is unavoidable.
  • Not crying or showing temper - this is frequently what the bully wants to see
  • Standing up straight and trying to look confident
  • Speaking firmly, clearly and slowly
  • Looking the bully in the eye and saying 'No'.
  • Developing a response to nicknames at home, such as laughing off slagging or casual taunts can be very helpful

Most children, with a little help, overcome this problem quickly.

say no to bully

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