Personal Safety

pic_article_0040.jpgBullying

Bullying is to hurt, single out, intimidate, or threaten another person or group of people. It can take the form of:

  • Name calling, teasing
  • Hitting, pinching, kicking, pushing, pulling
  • Abusive text messages or e-mails
  • Ignoring
  • Forcing to give money
  • Being harassed because of race, appearance, religion, sexuality, disability
  • Spreading rumours
  • Threats and intimidation
  • Happy slapping

Parents and carers should be on the lookout for:

  • Sudden fear or reluctance to go to school
  • Ripped or torn clothing at the end of the school day
  • Frequent cuts or bruises and excuses to explain them
  • Lost lunch money or possessions and excuses you have trouble believing
  • Spending more time alone
  • Grades that begin to fall
  • Spending less time doing activities once enjoyed
  • Changes in sleeping or eating
  • Physical complaints
  • Looking and acting sad

What to do

  • Talk - Let your child know you know something's wrong
  • Listen - Encourage your child to talk
  • Support - Let your child know it's not their fault
  • Protect - If your child is in physical danger, talk to the school authorities
  • Encourage - Suggest your child talk to the bully (only if he is not in physical danger)
  • Reach out - Tell a teacher or guidance counsellor if necessary

 

Bullying is very hurtful and can make a person feel scared and upset. It causes a person to lose confidence and they may try to avoid going to school. It can also make a person sick. Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure and no one deserves to be bullied.

Most bullies are either: afraid, jealous, insecure, envious, angry, cruel or unhappy. No matter what the reason is for the bullying, it should not happen.

 
 
 

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