Advice for Parents/carers
At The Hub School staff, parents and children work together to create a happy, caring, learning environment where positive relationships are developed and valued.
Bullying, verbal, physical, on-line or indirect will not be tolerated and will always be dealt with quickly, efficiently and sensitively. The School have an anti-bullying coordinator who investigates all allegations or concerns raised in collaboration with school staff and senior leaders. The school's anti-bullying coordinator is Mr Matthews.
It is the responsibility of everyone in school to aim to prevent occurrences of bullying and to deal with any incidents quickly and effectively.
Watching for a pattern
- Wanting more / less attention
- Not wanting to go to school
- Frequent minor illnesses
- Coming home with bruises or torn clothing
- Possessions disappearing
- Becoming withdrawn
What to do
- Treat the matter seriously
- Keep a diary of incidents
- Try and help your child deal with the situation
- Do not approach the bully
- Do not advise your child to fight back
- Contact the school and inform staff of the details
What are the forms of bullying?
There are many different types of bullying that can be experienced by children and adults alike, some are obvious to spot while others can be more subtle. The different types of bullying are shown below:
Physical bullying includes hitting, kicking, tripping, pinching and pushing or damaging property. Physical bullying causes both short term and long term damage.
Verbal bullying includes name calling, insults, teasing, intimidation, homophobic or racist remarks, or verbal abuse. While verbal bullying can start off harmless, it can escalate to levels which start affecting the individual target.
Social bullying, sometimes referred to as covert 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. Social 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.
Cyber bullying can be overt or covert bullying behaviours using digital technologies, including hardware such as computers and smartphones, and software such as social media, instant messaging, texts, websites and other online platforms.
Cyber bullying can happen at any time. It can be in public or in private and sometimes only known to the target and the person bullying. Cyber bullying can include:
- 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
Additional Resources to support parents/carers
Anti-Bullying Alliance – www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk
Bullying UK - www.bullying.co.uk
NSPCC – www.nspcc.org.uk
Childline – www.childline.org.uk
Kidscape – www.kidscape.org.uk
National Centre Against Bullying - www.ncab.org.au
Link to The Hub School Anti-Bullying Policy, click here
Mr P Matthews