Definition of Bullying
“The repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power”.
Bullying can happen anywhere to anyone.
Who we are?
The Anti-bullying Ambassadors are a team of students from across the year groups that help to combat bullying within the Blandford School.
How to contact us?
There are 3 main ways to contact us:-
- Use our email address
- Bully Boxes
In the library
In Block 5 by Reprographics
Outside Kirsty Radford’s Office in Block 4
- Via the website by clicking on the ABA button and emailing us that way.
You can also speak to us face to face as break time or lunch time.
What are the different types of bullying?
This is when the bully tries to make someone feel bad about themselves by using mean words. This can take the form of name calling, teasing, insults, put downs or when a bully uses phrases such as “you have no friends” or “no-one likes you”.
Verbal bullying is not a one-off situation or just friendly banter between friends, what makes it bullying is it happens regularly and is persistent.
This is the easiest to spot as it takes place as face to face confrontation. It can take the form of hitting, deliberately hurting someone, shoving, kicking, grabbing someone round the neck. Any form of physical contact that is not wanted by the victim can be classed as physical bullying if it happens regularly.
Emotional Bullying (Covert or Hidden Bullying)
This sort of bullying is often harder to recognise and can be carried out behind the bullied person’s back. It is designed to harm someone’s social reputation and/or cause humiliation. Covert bullying includes:
- lying and spreading rumours
- negative facial or physical gestures, menacing or contemptuous looks
- playing nasty jokes to embarrass and humiliate
- mimicking unkindly
- encouraging others to socially exclude someone
- damaging someone’s social reputation or social acceptance.
Cyberbullying is either overt or covert bullying using digital technologies, including hardware such as computers and smartphones and software such as social media, instant messaging, texts, websites and apps. (facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, BBM)
Cyberbullying can happen at any time. It can be in public or in private and sometimes only known to the target and the person bullying. It includes:
- Abusive or hurtful texts emails or posts, images or videos
- Deliberately excluding others online
- Nasty gossip or rumours
- Imitating others online or using their log-in.