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Prep Anti Bullying

bul-ly-ing (noun) - the process of intimidating or mistreating somebody weaker or in a more vulnerable situation.

Bullying can be ... physical, verbal, emotional and, increasingly, online. Everyone will react differently to bullying, and some people will be more affected than others, so it's the person receiving unwanted treatment that decides if it's bullying. Most people enjoy a bit of fun 'banter', but remember, it's only funny if everyone is laughing.

Physical bullying is any unwanted physical contact.

Verbal bullying is anything that's said to make a person feel bad.

Emotional bullying is anything else that lowers a person's self-esteem like ignoring them, excluding them from group activities, and damaging or hiding their property.

Online bullying is becoming the most common form affecting young people, and is the use of technology to isolate another person. Online bullying on social media includes sending unwanted, cruel or malicious texts, emails, comments or photos, and not 'liking' someone's posts or excluding them from groups.

How to manage your online life so it is fit for the world to see and you to stay safe:

Only post or send appropriate pictures of yourself and others; if you wouldn't show it to your parents, it shouldn't be online.

Make sure you are not 'tagged' / included in anyone else's inappropriate image or comment.

If you want to share things with just one person, send a person-to-person message such as a text, email message or iMessenger etc.

If you want to share things with a small group of friends, set up an online group inviting only the people you wish to share it with.

Always log out before you log off, and protect your passwords.

What to do if you feel you are being bullied:

If you feel able, say something to the bully - they may have meant it as a joke, and might not know your feelings were hurt.

If you can't face the bully, or speaking to them doesn't help, say something to someone else.

Parents, teachers, tutors, House parents, our health centre and matrons will all listen if you need help.

If you can't talk to an adult, talk to a friend or a Prefect.

The Prep's way of dealing with bullying comes in three stages:

Level 1 - Get everyone involved together and discuss the situation. This is a 'no-blame' stage, and is a chance to sort out probelms. A warning will be given and parents will be informed.

 

Level 2 - If someone has not listened to the warning last time , The Prep will deal with it seriously. The bully will have to see Mr McCracken, Head of Pupil Welfare.

 

Level 3 - If bullies still can't change their ways, they would have to see the Headmaster, who would be asking whether this is the right school for them.

 

For more information contact Mr Jenkins, Mr McCracken or your tutor.