What is Bullying?
Types of Bullying:
Possible signs of Bullying
Why do people bully?
Who do bullies target?
What can you do if someone is bullying you?
What should you do if you are bullying others?
What should you do if you see bullying happen?
What to do with the Bully and the Victim?
Consequences of Bullying
Anti Bullying Policy of Fountainhead School
STEPS TO BE TAKEN IN THE SCHOOL:
The objective of this policy is to address disciplinary issues of the students in schools.
The aim is to develop self-discipline in students to take responsibility for their own actions. However, the school recognizes that some students will step outside the realm of acceptable behavior. Consequences must be applied against such individuals, but those consequences must be just, fair and appropriate.
The guidelines given in this policy are to be implemented only after
This policy will be brought into implementation only if a student is found by any teacher/staff/support staff member doing the following things:
1. Bullying in any form as communicated during class session
2. Using abusive language, gestures and body language
3. Hitting, pushing and beating another student either from his /her grade or any other grade.
Bullying is intentionally aggressive behavior that can take many forms (verbal, physical, social/relational/emotional, or cyber bullying — or any combination of these); it involves an imbalance of power, and is often repeated over a period of time. Bullying is generally unprovoked and can consist of one student bullying another, a group of studentren ganging up against one lone student, or one group of kids targeting another group.
Bully: A person who threatens, hurts, or scares other people so they will do what the bully wants.
Victim: Person who is being bullied.
Bystander: People who watch bullying happen or hear about it but do not play a major role in preventing the bullying.
A student might have been bullied if he/she shows some of the following signs.
Adults should be aware of these possible signs and they should investigate if a student:
Ø doesn't want to get on the school bus; begs to be driven to school;
Ø changes their usual routine;
Ø becomes withdrawn anxious, or lacking in confidence;
Ø starts stammering;
Ø attempts or threatens suicide or runs away;
Ø cries themselves to sleep at night or has nightmares/bed wetting
Ø feels ill in the morning;
Ø begins to do poorly in school work;
Ø comes home with clothes torn or books damaged;
Ø has possessions end up "missing";
Ø asks for money or starts stealing money (to pay bully);
Ø has unexplained cuts or bruises;
Ø comes home starving (money / lunch has been stolen);
Ø becomes aggressive, disruptive or unreasonable;
Ø is bullying other studentren or siblings;
Ø stops eating;
Ø is frightened to say what's wrong;
Ø Gives improbable excuses for any of the above.
These signs and behavior could indicate other problems, but bullying should be considered a possibility and should be investigated.
a) People bully to avoid facing up to their inadequacy and doing something about it.
b) A person also bullies others because he may think that he is much superior to them.
c) Some people bully others because they desperately want something they cannot achieve or obtain, something which other individuals have, such as study notes or electronic gadget.
d) To reduce their fear of being seen for what they are, namely a weak, inadequate and often incompetent individual.
e) Many people bully in order to attract attention from others.
· People who don’t stand up for themselves
· People who are quiet and won’t tell on them
· People who are on their own away from kids or adults
· People who get upset easily or cry
If a bully tries to hurt you, stand up for yourself, but try not to fight. Walk away or yell to get help.
Minor issues of bullying could be dealt in the classroom by the respective grade teachers. But if bullying persists and/or you come across serious incidents of bullying the matter needs to be reported to the authority (Head of the school). The victim is sent to the counselor and the bully is dealt with by the school authority. Necessary disciplinary measures are taken as per the severity of the incident.
Bullying has a destructive and harmful impact on the lives of studentren and young people, not only on those being bullied but also on those who bully and those who stand by. It can lead to feelings of self-doubt, lack of confidence, low self-esteem, anxiety, depression and sometimes even suicide. It can also affect the ability of a student or young person to enjoy and achieve.
This policy will be implemented in cases where:
1. studentren are heard using abusive or derogatory words towards others – it could be peers, teachers, support staff or any other person from school community.
2. studentren are seen hitting another student which could be harmful to that student – on the playground, in the classroom, on the stairs. This could also be extended to pushing or shoving on the jungle gym, on the stairs or a dangerous place.
3. A group of studentren are bullying an alone student – either from the same grade or other grades.
The words we will be using often and what they mean is as below:
Complainer (suggest if you have a better word) – The student / didi / teacher who reports the incident
Faultier – the student who has used abusive words or displayed aggressive behavior.
Arbiter – The victim is sent to the counselor and the bully is dealt with by the school authority. Necessary disciplinary measures are taken as per the severity of the incident.
If a student is found in any of the above situations the following steps will be taken:
1. The incident will be expected to be reported to the Arbiter on an immediate basis. In case there is a 2 working day delay in reporting the incident no attention will be paid to it.
2. The HRT/Mentor teacher will record this in the behavioral observation form; this will help to establish that the incident did take place. This will also help us to maintain a record regarding which student was reported the most for a particular period of time.
3. A joint meeting will be conducted between the complainer, faultier and arbiter. During this meeting the arbiter will try to find out the authenticity of the incident and see if they can find any witness who would support the complainer and help resolve the case.
4. In cases where clear evidence is found against faultier s/he will bear the consequences. If no such evidence is found then both the faultier and complainer will have to face the consequences. The consequences as mentioned in Order of Consequence in “Discipline Policy”
1. Copies of this policy can be pasted in each classroom and on all the notice boards.
2. It could also be verbally communicated to all the studentren.
Setting up a bully-free classroom
• Give the students a list of anti-bullying rules that you can also hang somewhere in the classroom
• Talk and train your students about bullying and how to deal with it.
• Regular follow up session on bullying should be done during the circle time.
• Have the students sign an anti-bullying class pledge on a banner and hang that banner in the classroom
• Do activities that promote class unity
• Have an anonymous “notes-to-the-teacher” box
• Take every student’s complaint seriously
• Get students involved in an anti-bullying campaign
• Get parents involved
Keep your eyes and ears open at all times!
Consequences: Order of Consequence as mentioned in “Discipline Policy”