Anti-Bullying-Taking Action together
Taking Action Together is part of Derby Moor Academy's on-going commitment to improving the school environment for our students. The school has a ‘duty of care’ towards its pupils with regard to bullying in that the Principal and staff stand in loco parentis (in place of the parents). This duty of care includes protecting pupils from harm of bullying.
This link aims to give students the reassurance that all staff at Derby Moor are working together to ensure that every student has a voice that is heard against bullying. Derby Moor aims to empower students to understand, recognise, and say no to bullying, violence and harassment by giving them the tools to transform their lives and the lives of their peers.
What is bullying?
At Derby Moor we follow the Department of Education guidance which defines bullying as : ‘Behaviour by an individual or group, usually repeated over time, that intentionally hurts another individual or group either physically or emotionally”.
This can come in many forms:
Verbal bullying – name-calling, taunting, mocking, making offensive comments and teasing.
Physical bullying – kicking, hitting, punching, pushing and pinching.
Emotional bullying - producing offensive graffiti, excluding people from groups, spreading hurtful and untrue rumours, being forced to do things against own will and taking belongings or money.
Cyber bullying – offensive text messaging and e-mailing and sending degrading images by phone or the internet.
What do I do if I’m being bullied?
There are lots of people working in school who you can speak to if you are worried including the Wellbeing Team. Try and speak to a teacher that you get on well with, your House tutor or your House Manager as they can give you advice on how to deal with the issue and they can help to prevent it from happening.
Worried about talking to someone?
We realise this can be daunting sometimes which is why we have introduced a virtual pigeon hole that students can email if they wish to talk to someone about bullying. The address is available within the student address book and is also available for you to email from any computer. It is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our commitment to you is that all emails will be responded to within 24 hours and will remain confidential unless we feel that you are at risk of harm. As part of our service we will give you the chance to continue contact through email or the chance to meet with someone who can support you further. We can also arrange for you to meet with a peer mentor – another student in the school who can offer you advice.
There are also many external organisations and charities available to support young people some of which we have listed below:
What is Cyber Bullying?
Technology is a part of our everyday life and it offers us some amazing advantages. It helps with our school work, helps us to keep in touch with friends and family and enables us to access information that we otherwise would struggle to discover. However, there are downsides to this technology and one major one which is affecting young people in today’s society is Cyber Bullying.
Cyber bullying is when someone is targeted in a negative way using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones by another person or group of people. Cyber bullying is just as harmful as bullying in person and should be reported and dealt with as soon as it happens. Below are some examples of the tools which might be used to facilitate this bullying.
- Mobile Phones
- MSN Messenger
- You Tube
Some examples of cyber bullying include:
- Instant messaging (e.g. MSN)
- Text messaging
- Stealing passwords to personal accounts (e.g. Facebook) and making unwanted changes to profiles
- Accessing someone’s blog or posting negative comments about someone on a blog
- Sending inappropriate/offensive pictures via email or mobile phones
- Creating an online poll about another person
- Sending abusive messages to someone else via Interactive gaming
- Sending malicious codes (e.g. virus’s)
- Impersonating someone else online/via mobile phone
How can I stop Cyber Bullying from happening to me?
There a number of measures you can take to help reduce the risks of becoming a target of Cyber Bullies.
- If you receive a friend request or ‘add’ from someone you don’t know, DON’T accept them
- If you feel like there is something suspicious about the request then report it to the appropriate organisation (e.g. Facebook)
- NEVER give out personal details over the Internet and do not share them with anyone you don’t know or trust
- If you believe that the person requesting to be your friend is not who they say they are, again, DON’T add them
- Keep your password secure. Don’t share it with anyone or let anyone see you type it
- Change your passwords on a regular basis
- If you receive any harmful or cruel messages about someone else, DON’T pass them on to others – you are just adding to the problem if you do. Save the messages and show them to a responsible adult
- If you receive any suspicious emails, DON’T open them and report them if possible
What should I do if it happens to me?
If you feel that you are the target of a Cyber Bully, there are a number of things you can do to protect yourself and stop it from going any further. The Derby Moor Wellbeing Team recommends the following as soon as you experience something suspicious on your computer or mobile phone:
- Speak to a responsible adult (e.g. parent/carer, member of staff)
- Speak to a member of the Wellbeing team
- Email email@example.com
- Talk to a friend
- Save any messages you receive and show them to whoever you decide to report the incident to
- If it is a problem on email/social networking site/mobile phone, you should block the person & report them to the appropriate organisation (e.g. Facebook)
- If you believe someone has been accessing your account then change your password immediately
- Once you have saved the messages & it has been dealt with appropriately, you can delete the account if you so wish
What is Racist Bullying?
Racism bullying is an offensive action against someone based on their skin colour, cultural or religious background or ethnic origin. This can include:
- Physical, emotional or verbal bullying
- Insulting or degrading comments, name calling, gestures, taunts, insults or ‘jokes’
- Offensive graffiti or damage to property
- Humiliating, excluding, tormenting, ridiculing or threatening
- Making fun of the customs, music, accent or dress of anyone from a different culture
- Refusal to work or co-operate with others because they are from a different culture
Sometimes racism is unintended and people make ill considered remarks without realising they are hurtful to another person. However, nobody has the right to call anyone names or treat them in an inappropriate manner on the basis of colour, race or religion.
There is a difference between Racism and Racial Discrimination.
Racism is when someone is subjected to abuse or harassment because of your race, colour or beliefs
Racial Discrimination is being treated differently because of race, colour or belief, for example not being allowed to wear a turban if you are Sikh.
How can we deal with racist bullying at Derby Moor?
At Derby Moor we are proud to be multi-cultural school and welcome students from a variety of cultures, religions and backgrounds. We strongly believe that everyone has the right to have their culture and religion respected by others & we will not tolerate bullying on the grounds of race.
If you feel like you are being targeted around school because of any of the above, there are things you can do & people you can talk to, to get help & advice.
- Ignore any comments made to you & walk away – if bullies do not get a reaction they are less likely to continue the behaviour
- Talk to a member of staff who you trust & explain to them what has been happening (House Manager, Inclusion Staff, Form Tutor, Teacher)
- Talk to one of the Wellbeing Team who will be able to talk to you about your problem & help you to report it to staff
- If you are concerned about reporting an incident in person you can email the staff at the bullying email address firstname.lastname@example.org
How can we work together against Racism at Derby Moor?
Racism has a harmful effect on both individuals and the school environment as a whole so it is important that we work together to ensure that we are sensitive and understanding of difference in each other’s cultures and religions. Unfortunately, racism is something that does exist in society but as young people, we can work to change this by acknowledging that everyone is equal and should be treated as such. Below are some ways in which we can work to prevent racism in our school:
- Think about the language we use – some words or phrases we might find amusing or think are acceptable because they are common slang terms, may be offensive to some people
- Look out for each other and report anything we see or hear that might be deemed as racist bullying
- Make an effort to understand each other’s cultures and religions – the more people understand something, the more they accept it
- Avoid stereotyping people based on a person’s cultural background – everyone is unique and should be understood and acknowledged for who they are as person
- Don’t reject other student’s because they are from a different background to you.
Further information and advice can be found in the following websites: