We are committed to developing a culture of inclusion, tolerance and respect in order to encourage mutually supportive students at Silverdale School.
ALL bullying is unacceptable, regardless of who bullies, how it is delivered or what reasons are given to justify it.
Bullying hurts. No one deserves to be a victim of bullying. Bullying has the potential to damage the mental health of a victim
We realise that people who are bullied do not always show their hurt and speak about it. If you know someone is being bullied you must tell a teacher.
Signs and symptoms that someone is being bullied
- Is frightened of walking to or from school.
- Doesn’t want to go on the school/public bus.
- Begs to be driven to school.
- Changes their usual routine.
- Is unwilling to go to school (school phobic).
- Begins to truant.
- Becomes withdrawn, anxious, or lacking in confidence.
- Attempts or threatens suicide or runs away.
- Cries themselves to sleep at night or has nightmares.
- Feels ill in the mornings.
- Begins to do poorly in school work.
- Comes home with clothes torn or books damaged.
- Has possessions which are damaged or ‘go missing’.
- Asks for money or starts stealing money (to pay bully)
- Has dinner or other monies continually ‘lost’.
- Has unexplained cuts or bruises.
- Comes home starving (money/lunch has been stolen).
- Becomes aggressive, disruptive or unreasonable.
- Is bullying other children or siblings.
- Stops eating.
- Is frightened to say what’s wrong.
- Gives improbable excuses for any of the above.
- Is afraid to use the internet or mobile phone.
- Is nervous or jumpy when a cyber-message is received.
These signs and behaviours could indicate other problems, but bullying should be considered a possibility and should be investigated.
If you suspect your child is being bullied please report your concern to their form tutor or Head of year so that we can investigate. It is important that you advise your child not to fight back, it can make it worse. Parents/carers must help us ensure we have a culture of tolerance and respect at school by promoting this at home.
Bullying directly impacts on emotional wellbeing of students and we will ensure that any reports of bullying are dealt with in accordance of the schools anti bullying policy.
Silverdale will aim to ensure that support is in place for the victims of those who have been bullied and that they are supported with their emotional wellbeing and to promote positive wellbeing and building resilience. Whilst we will discipline those that bully others we will also offer to help them to change their behaviour.
NATIONAL BULLYING HELPLINE 0845 22 55 787
CHILD EXPLOTATION AND ONLINE PROTECTION (CEOP) 08700 000 33 44
KIDSCAPE PARENTS HELPLINE (Monday – Friday, 10am – 4pm) 0845 1205204
BULLYING ONLINE www.bullying.co.uk
CHILDLINE 0800 1111 www.childline.org.uk