|The Hibbert Assembly
|A note to teachers
|Raising awareness of bullying is in itself an important step. Children and young people need to understand what bullying is, what consequences it can have, and why, in a civilised society, we cannot accept it. Remember that bullying can be verbal or physical abuse. It can also be indirect - making hostile remarks about someone to a third party. It is vital to create an ethos in the school where each child feels self-worth and is respected by, and respects, others.
|Children should be praised for acts of kindness and consideration and for co-operative behaviour. It can be helpful to adopt classroom strategies where children learn to work together in groups.
|You will find excellent advice on maintaining a
school policy on bullying and on how to tackle problems when they occur
in Bullying: don't suffer in silence; an anti bullying pack for schools.
HMSO 1994 which resulted from the Sheffield University anti bullying
project and is based on the experience of a number of primary and
secondary schools. There are an increasing number of other useful books
101 Ways to deal with Bullying, M. Elliott, Hodder and Stoughton;
Bullying: a practical guide to coping for schools, M. Elliott, Longman;
Bullying at School: what we know and what we can do, D. Olweus, Blackwell;
Coping with Bullying in Schools, B. Byrne, Cassell.
Other books about bullying amongst young people can be found at Stonethrow
You can obtain a leaflet, Bullying and How to Beat it, from Childline (bullying leaflet), Freepost 1111, London N1 0BR.
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