Bullying

At Mead, we consider bullying to be behaviour that is:

  • regularly repeated;
  • intended to hurt someone either physically or emotionally;
  • often aimed at certain groups of people e.g. because of their race, religion, ability.

Bullying can take many forms and can include:

  • physical assault
  • teasing
  • making threats
  • name calling
  • cyberbullying. This can be using a mobile phone or online (e.g. email, social networks, instant messenger)

If you are being bullied, it’s important that you tell someone you trust.

  • Bullying can make you feel sad and it’s okay to be upset about it. The important thing is that you tell someone about it straight away. 
  • Talk to an adult at school you trust or a family member. If you don’t want to do that you can always call Childline on 0800 1111 or visit  www.childline.org.uk.
  • You can use the school’s Worry Box. Ms Holmes will then speak with you and try to help. 
  • It can be tempting if you are being bullied to take revenge. This is not a good idea – you may get into trouble and can make the situation worse. 
  • Think about ways you can respond to bullying. For example, practice saying ‘I don’t like it when you say that/do that – please stop.’
  • Only spend time with people who make you feel good about yourself. If someone constantly puts you down they are not a real friend.
  • Remember to respect other people! Just because someone is different to you and your friends – that doesn’t mean you are better than them or have a right to make them feel bad. If you make a mistake, say sorry.  You don’t have to be friends with everyone – but you should always make it clear that you don’t like it when people are unkind to others.
  • It doesn’t matter what colour hair you have, how you speak, how you walk, how you talk, how clever you are or what you wear – it is not your fault if you are bullied.

We are all different in some way and that’s what makes us so special!

Anti-Bullying Code

AAlways tell someone
Tell a responsible adult or a friend, someone to resolve the situation.
You WILL be taken seriously.
BBe positive
Try not to let the bully see that you are upset. Say no and walk away confidently.
CCare for each other
You have a responsibility to tell an adult if you know someone is being bullied.
Don’t be a bystander.