BULLYING & CYBERSAFETY
Brighouse High School aims to provide a secure and safe environment for all individuals and seeks to promote in pupils an attitude of consideration to others. We believe that every pupil has the right to enjoy learning free from intimidation both in school and the surrounding community. As a school community we will not tolerate any unkind actions or remarks, even if they are not intended to hurt or offend. We will actively promote and implement our Anti-bullying policy and Cyberbullying policy through classwork, pastoral work, staff development, and communication with parents and staff.
WHAT IS BULLYING
Bullying is a (persistent), wilful, conscious desire to hurt another or put him/her under stress, and this can be physical, emotional or verbal in any combination. Bullying may be face to face, through a third party or via the internet/mobile phone (cyber bullying). Bullying can continue over time, is often hidden from adults, and will probably continue if no action is taken.
TYPES OF BULLYING
There are different types of bullying.
Physical bullying includes hitting, kicking, tripping, pinching and pushing or damaging property.
Verbal bullying includes name calling or jokes, displaying offensive posters, insults, teasing, intimidation, homophobic or racist remarks, or verbal abuse. Also including threats of violence.
Covert or hidden bullying
This 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 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.
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, posts, images or videos
- Deliberately excluding others online
- Nasty gossip or rumours
- Imitating others online or using their log-in.
Also refer to our Cyberbullying policy
Unwelcome or unreciprocated conduct of a sexual nature, which could reasonably be expected to cause offence, humiliation or intimidation.
Homophobia and other hostile behaviour towards students relating to gender and sexuality.
Including racial discrimination - treating people differently because of their identity.