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I think I'm being bullied at school

Bullying Page

This information is to help you with this general subject. If you have been affected by this issue or would like some further information please contact us.

The most important thing to remember about bullying is that it is NOT YOUR FAULT, you don't have to put up with it. Some people say that bullying is just a part of growing up, we don't agree.

How do I know what is happening to me is bullying?

Bullying is lots of different things like:

  • Being called names, teased, put down or threatened.
  • Being hit, tripped, pushed or kicked.
  • Being ignored, excluded or having rumours spread about you.
  • Being targeted for who you are, the colour of your skin, appearance or disability.
  • Receiving nasty text messages or having horrible comments left on Facebook, Twitter or Bebo.
  • Having your stuff stolen or damaged.
How do I get it stopped?
The first thing you should do is think really hard about which adult you could tell; someone that you can trust that would do the best for you. It could be a parent or carer, granny, teacher, coach or anyone you find it easy to talk to. If you are 18 or under, you could call us free on 0800 328 8970 for more information or advice.

What can my school do to stop the bullying?
The law gives your school an important responsibility to make sure that you are safe whilst you are at school. Your guidance teacher should help put the school's anti-bullying policy into action as soon as you or your parent/carer informs him/her. Your school must have an anti-bullying policy; it must be used right away when they find out that someone is being bullied. Our law says that if you complain about bullying, there are lots of ways in which your school can help you out:
  • By allowing you to have an older pupil with you at all times when you are travelling between classes or when you are in the playground at break-times. This is known as a 'buddy system'.
  • Holding the bulling child back after class until you get away first.
  • Sending the bullying child/children to behavioural management sessions in order to get them to correct their bad behaviour.
  • Your school can work closely with the offending child/children, their parents/carers and your parents/carers to resolve matters.
  • Your school can refer the offending child/children to the Children's Reporter if the bullying child's behaviour does not improve.
  • In more serious cases your school can and should involve the Police. It is a criminal offence to physically assault another person, send a threatening text/email or post a threatening message on Facebook, Bebo or Twitter.
  • Your headmaster can inform all of your teachers so that they can keep an eye on you at all times.
  • Your school should work with your parents or carers to find the best solution for you. For example, your parent or carer may be able to collect you from school or meet you close to the school.
What if my school doesn't help me?
Our law says that your school must help you if you complain about possible bullying. If you or your parents/carers need any further advice you can contact us in various ways:
  • Freephone 0800 328 8970 if you are under 18
  • Advice Line 0131 667 6333
  • By email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Facebook (post a question on our facebook page)
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