Feeling safe and happy at school
At Reinwood Infant and Nursery School we want to make sure that your child feels looked after, safe and happy when they are in and out of school. At Reinwood Infant and Nursery School bullying is unacceptable and can damage children’s mental health and impact on their education. We therefore do all we can to prevent it, by developing a school ethos in which bullying is not tolerated under any circumstances.
We take bullying very seriously and ALWAYS want to know if you think someone is bullying your child. Sometimes we don’t know if something bad is happening, so you need to tell us and please encourage your child to tell adults in school too.
This page will help you to understand more about what bullying is.
What is bullying?
“Bullying is intentional behaviour that hurts someone else. It includes name calling, hitting, pushing, spreading rumours, threatening or undermining someone.
It can happen anywhere – at school, at home or online. It's usually repeated over a long period of time and can hurt a child both physically and emotionally.” NSPCC 2023
Bullying can take different forms. We have taken this information from the NSPCC Website.
Bullying could include:
- physical bullying: hitting, slapping or pushing someone
- verbal bullying: name calling, gossiping or threatening someone
- non-verbal abuse: hand signs or text messages
- emotional abuse: threatening, intimidating or humiliating someone
- exclusion: ignoring or isolating someone
- undermining, constant criticism or spreading rumours
- controlling or manipulating someone making silent, hoax or abusive call.
The following types of bullying are also hate crime:
- racial, sexual, transphobic or homophobic bullying
- bullying someone because they have a disability.
What is cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place online. Unlike bullying offline, online bullying can follow the child wherever they go, via social networks, gaming and mobile phone.
The NSPCC states cyber bullying is:
- sending threatening or abusive text messages
- creating and sharing embarrassing images or videos
- trolling – the sending of menacing or upsetting messages on social networks, chat rooms or online games
- excluding children from online games, activities or friendship groups
- shaming someone online
- setting up hate sites or groups about a particular child
- encouraging young people to self-harm
- voting for or against someone in an abusive poll
- creating fake accounts, hijacking or stealing online identities to embarrass a young person or cause trouble using their name sending explicit messages, also known as sexting
- pressuring children into sending sexual images or engaging in sexual conversations.
Remember if you are worried that your child is being bullied or is bullying someone else, please talk to a member of staff. We are always here to help and support. You can find out more information below.
Link to Antibullying Guide for Parents and Carers (Coming soon)
Link to Antibullying Child Friendly Guide (Coming soon)
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