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What is bullying?

Most children will, at some stage, hurt or say something hurtful or unkind to another child or adult. It is not helpful to label one off incidents as bullying.

Bullying is the repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. Bullying is, therefore:

  • Deliberately hurtful
  • Repeated over a period of time
  • Difficult to defend against

It can happen face-to-face or through cyberspace, and comes in many different forms:

Verbal: Name calling, persistent teasing, mocking, taunting and threats. 

Physical: Any form of physical violence, intimidating behaviour, theft or the intentional damage of possessions. This includes hitting, kicking and pushing.

Emotional: Excluding, tormenting, ridiculing, humiliation, setting people up and spreading rumours.

Cyber: Cyber bullying is the misuse of digital technologies or communications to bully a person or a group, typically through messages or actions that are threatening and/or intended to cause offence, anxiety or humiliation.

What is NOT bullying

One-off incidents: Bullying is persistent and repetitive, and generally fits a pattern of behaviour. 

Mutual conflict: A disagreement, argument or fight in which both parties have equally participated and where there is no imbalance of power. These are often fallings out between friends or within friendship groups. 

What We Can Do to Help

At Oak Primary, we believe all children have the right to be treated with respect, and to feel safe and supported at school. If persistent unacceptable behaviour is displayed towards others, school takes this very seriously.

We aim to ensure that pupils know an adult they can go to if they feel bullied or unhappy with their peer group (this could be their class teacher or class teaching assistant, a lunchtime supervisor or a member of the Pastoral Welfare Team). If you, as a parent or carer, have any concerns in this regard, please contact your child's class teacher or a member of the Senior Leadership Team. 

Also, you might find these links useful:

https://www.stopbullying.gov/kids/facts/index.html

https://www.kidscape.org.uk/advice/facts-about-bullying

https://www.bullying.co.uk/

Childline are a national organisation set up to listen to children's problems and offer helpful advice:

https://www.childline.org.uk

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