Bullying and harassment means any unwanted behaviour that makes someone feel intimidated, degraded, humiliated or offended. Bullying can take many forms, including:
- cyber bullying or sexual harassment
- teasing or name-calling
- shoving, hitting, tripping, hair-pulling, or any other kind of physical assault
- damaging or stealing belongings
- demanding money
It’s important to recognize that bullying can have serious, long-term effects on children, from skipping school and dropping grades to anxiety and depression. Bullied students are more likely to take a weapon to school, get involved in physical fights, suffer from health problems, and mental health problems. A number of steps that school can take to stop bullying and harassment in schools:
Conduct Bullying Prevention Activities such as all-school assemblies, communications campaigns highlighting school values to bring the community together and reinforce the message that bullying is wrong and must increase adult supervision to ensure safety and security of students.
Develop a School-wide Code of Conduct that reinforces school values and clearly defines unacceptable behavior and consequences.