We are pleased not to have a culture of bullying at Gomer. School life is not without incidents of crossed-words and upset but we do not tolerate bullying. Our feedback tells us that children will inform an adult of situations that they are uncomfortable with and there are systems for addressing these. Teaching children how to be kind and respectful to others is integral part of our SMSC curriculum. Children are having more and more access to digital devices. Therefore, teaching them to stand up to cyberbullying and help boost their self-esteem are all important when it comes to confronting issues around bullying.
Next week, Gomer will be engaged in a series of activities, during the week around messages of anti-bullying. Due to our remembrance commemorations on Monday 12 November we will be wearing odd socks, as we did last year on Tuesday 13 November.
Boost self-esteem – often both the cause and result of bullying
Some people may bully others when they feel insecure themselves and have low self-esteem. Low self-esteem can also be the result of bullying, with nasty comments and harassment able to knock a young person’s confidence. The Dove Self-Esteem Project has free resources, a series of workshops to help you boost a young person’s self-esteem and body confidence. There’s also a free 40-page parent guide with confidence building activities for families to try out at home.
Learning how to recover from bad experiences online
It’s important to help young people that have been bullied to be able to recover from the negative experience. A key part of digital resilience is knowing where to seek help and how to recover from bad experiences online. Parent Zone’s Recovery hub contains lots of expert information and support for how to help young people recover from negative experiences, such as bullying, online.
Understanding and evaluating negative behaviour online
‘Online kindness’ is one of the key areas of learning in our Digiworld internet safety curriculum and game. Children can explore this part of the interactive game at three different levels, starting from how to identify kind and unkind messages and progressing to being able to evaluate negative behaviour online. There are also worksheets that cover online kindness at these three levels, to help consolidate their learning.
Offering expert advice and information on bullying
Parent Info is a website and free newsfeed service for schools and organisations working with young people. It’s a collaboration between Parent Zone and NCA-CEOP, providing support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations. Here are some of the expert articles related to bullying, ranging from top tips for children being bullied to what to do if your child is the bully.