UNDERSTANDING BULLYING BEHAVIOUR
The most helpful working assumption is that nobody is born a bully. However, from a very young age some children learn that aggressive behaviour helps them get their own way and for some creating fear in their victims is a rewarding and pleasurable experience. Some like to react to an audience with adults and other students. Children who behave in this way have learnt from the older people around them how to hurt others. Many witness deliberate acts of physical and verbal aggression in their homes, in school, their environment and on television and films. It is not surprising that by the time they go to infant school they have learnt many ways of bullying others often by being bullied themselves. The message for all adults therefore is that prevention is better than cure.
A fine line separates bossy and bullying behaviour but it is important to distinguish between them and between boisterous and aggressive play. Bossy students tend to boss whoever is around at the time, whereas bullying students pick on younger, smaller or vulnerable children. Most young people grow out of bossiness as they learn social skills and self-control. Bullies, however, increasingly rely upon threat and coercion. Boisterous, rough and tumble play is natural and fun but it becomes bullying when it spoils other children’s activities and enjoyment. We need to be aware that some students do not realise their behaviour is bullying and most will claim that to be the case.
FOR MORE INFORMATION with an update on research, bibliography and full list of resources ORDER OUR NON- COPYRIGHTED ANTI-BULLYING PACK WHICH INCLUDES:
·Understanding bullying behaviour
·Why an Anti- Bullying Policy?
·The development of a whole school policy
·An Anti- Bullying Policy
·A Student Anti- Bullying Contract
·Guidelines on helping and working with students who bully
·Guidelines on helping and working with students who have been bullied
·Information to students on procedures to take if they have been bullied
·Action for parents
·Leaflet on Peer-Counselling at Walton High School
·Information on a Student Peer Support Service
·Peer support as part of an anti- bullying policy
·Example of training session for staff
·Example of awareness raising session for students
·Example of training session for parents
.Circle of Friends Approach
·Research on Bullying
.Resources- websites, literature and teaching packs
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