Anti-Bullying

 

Introduction To Anti-Bullying

 

At Longdendale High School, incidents of Bullying are rare.

“Most of the pupils that we spoke with said that they feel safe” (Ofsted 2020).

We believe that: 

o      Our ethos and school culture is based on all the core values of ASPIRE.

o       All learners and staff have a right to feel happy, safe and included.

o        Learners and staff have a right to work in an environment without harassment, intimidation or fear.

o        All of the school community should demonstrate respect to each other and avoid using offensive and discriminatory language.

o       Bullying behaviour harms people and their learning; it is unacceptable at Longdendale High School.

o        It is our duty to support those who are bullied.

o       We should offer support to the families of those that are bullied.

o      To allow leaders to deal with bullying effectively we should provide professional development opportunities to school staff to support those that are bullied.

·         Those who bully, will be supported to reflect upon their poor behaviour choices and how they might repair the damage they have caused.

 

Definition of bullying

 Bullying is repeated negative behaviour that is intended to make others feel upset, uncomfortable or unsafe.

Verbal bullying is the repeated negative use of speech, sign language, or verbal gestures to intentionally hurt others e.g. using hurtful words, discriminatory or offensive language, swear words.

Indirect bullying is the repeated negative use of actions, which are neither physical nor verbal, to intentionally hurt others e.g. spreading rumours, purposefully excluding another person, damaging or stealing someone’s property, and cyberbullying.

Physical bullying is the repeated negative use of body contact to intentionally hurt others e.g. kicking, punching, slapping, inappropriate touching, and spitting.

Cyberbullying is the repeated negative use of technology to intentionally hurt others e.g.  Posting unwanted pictures or messages, accessing another person’s account without permission, creating fake accounts to impersonate or harass someone, and sharing other people’s private information online.

 

 

Parents and Carers

Advice for families

 Young people feel they often have to deal with bullying alone, and your child may worry that telling you will make you angry or upset. It’s important that you have the tools you need to keep your child safe, happy and free from bullying.

Your child will be concerned about your reaction, so try to stay calm and make sure you thank them for telling you. It is really important that you listen to what your child is telling you and observe their behaviour. Your child wants to know that you believe what they are saying and will support them through this tough time. If they are confiding in you it means that they are asking for help and support. It is important to talk to your child about how you can take action together to stop the bullying: ask them what they would like you to do. A good first step is to contact us at school and arrange a meeting with your child’s form tutor.

We ask that our parents/carers work in partnership with school, taking responsibility for ensuring and encouraging safe use of the internet and appropriate use of social media out of school time. We would like to encourage families to communicate to us, any concerns they might have about their child or others.

Any incident is resolved more effectively if school is alerted quickly, so staff can action intervention. Partnership working with families is essential whether their child is a victim of bullying or a perpetrator. Families can also contact school by the Admin E mail (admin@lhs.aspireplus.org.uk) to ask that their concerns are addressed and responded to as soon as possible.

The school takes every opportunity to explain to and inform families, of the need to use the appropriate definition and shared language when referring to ‘Bullying’ or ‘Peer conflict’.

 

Families – How you can help your child

o   Reassure - Reassure your child that they did the right thing in coming forward; young people’s imaginations are prone to creating vivid ‘worse-case scenarios’ which can inhibit them from speaking out. The fact that they’ve come to you is a big step for them.

o   Listen - Listen to what they have to say without voicing any judgement; it’s important that they feel comfortable with you taking action and that they feel some degree of power over what’s going on.

o   Avoid denying access if the bullying is taking place online – Young people use technology every day for communicating with friends as well as learning and discovering. Taking it away from them can discourage them from speaking out in the future and from accessing external support. Instead encourage them to come to you if they see anything they’re uncomfortable with and you can go through it together.

Bullying can make a child feel ashamed and scared, and they’ll be most worried about how you’ll react when they tell you. Try to stay calm, reassure them and ask questions about what your child wants you to do to help them. Go through the steps above.

If you need advice from school please contact us. If there is increased tension between your child and another learner or a group of learners, we need to know so as we can monitor the situation inside school and act accordingly.

 

Learners

If this is happening to a young person they must be encouraged to:

Tell someone - As with any type of bullying it so important that they don’t suffer in silence and they tell someone about it straight away. Where possible this needs to be a parent or carer.

Report the person/group - Cyberbullying is never acceptable and learners should report the content (pictures, text, group etc.) to someone they trust and to the social media site. All social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, ASKfm etc have report abuse buttons, as do most mobile phone networks who have teams to deal with abuse. Games consoles also have advice on their websites. Reporting is usually anonymous so the person will not know that you have reported the content.

Block the person/group - Most social media sites will give people the option to block and report the person/group doing cyberbullying. When you block someone it usually means that the person/group will no longer be able to contact the victim or see any of their content.

Save the evidence - It is really important that the victim saves or copies any of the cyberbullying such as texts or conversations they receive so they have evidence of the cyberbullying and can show it to the relevant people.

Not reply or answer back - It may be very tempting to reply to the person or group but don’t. Deal with the bully by blocking and reporting the abuse. It is sometimes hard not to write back, but it is always best not to retaliate. Sometimes the people bullying you are looking to get a reaction out of you and answering back can just make it worse.

Stay positive - Although it may feel like the learner does not have control of the situation, you have.

Where can learners and families get more information and help?

 

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Anti-Bullying Ambassadors

 

We would like to introduce ourselves and welcome you to our Anti Bullying Ambassador section of our Website.

We are here to make sure that if any learner is unhappy about friendship issues or bullying, that our team can help out before anything becomes bullying and makes learners unhappy. We are always there to talk to, alongside the rest of the team and we can be easily recognised with Anti Bullying Ambassador badges. 

Our team from learners in Years  9, 10 and 11 are there for any learners who may have a difficult situation of peer conflict or bullying. Our Ambassadors link in with Mrs Noble, so all learners can access support if needed and the issue can be resolved at the earliest point.  We continue with our work and make our school an even safer environment than it already is, for your child's education. Our definition is that bullying is "any behaviour that makes someone upset, uncomfortable and feeling unsafe - that is deliberate and is repeated over time, where there is an imbalance of power" This can take many forms such as - verbal, indirect, cyber and physical. We link with the Anti bullying Alliance definition.

Before we leave Longdendale we want to continue to  reduce conflict and the small number of incidents even further and we are looking forward to sharing our work with future learners and our personal  experiences to ensure a safe environment where bullying is not accepted or tolerated.

We have been trained in July 2019 at the Anti -bullying event in Manchester hosted by the Princess Diana Team linked to the Anti - bullying Alliance initiative.

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SMILE Team

 

Hello and welcome to our Longdendale SMILE Team section Anti-Bullying part of our school website. 

We are the SMILE Teams here at Longdendale High School, and we are all the friendly, approachable and kind learners from Year 8 and 9, around school wearing our SMILE Team badges. We help other learners if they are looking lost, if they have fallen out with friends or they just want someone to sit with, at break or in the dining room.

We are really good listeners and will encourage others to go to see our Anti-Bullying Ambassadors, or  to see any member of staff. if they are nervous about going to get help for any worries.

We want to make sure our school continues being a safe, happy and friendly place where it’s good to tell someone......

 

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Anti-Bullying Websites

 

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The Anti-bullying Alliance is a coalition of organisations and individuals working together to stop bullying and create safe environments in which children and young people can live, grow, play and learn.

 

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CyberMentors is all about young people helping and supporting each other online.

 

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