Divine Child International School is committed to working with students and parents to provide a learning environment that is secure and supportive so that all individuals can develop academically and socially free from fear of ridicule, harassment or physical threat. We aim to create an environment where all members of the school community feel safe, respected and valued. All children have an absolute right to be protected from others who may wish to harm, degrade or abuse them. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at our school.
Bullying is the deliberate intention to harm someone who does not have the power to stop it. Bullying, harassment or any form of discrimination, is immoral and can be unlawful because it interferes with the right of a person to feel safe and valued as a member of a community.
Bullying takes many forms. It can be:
Cyber bullying is causing hurt via modern technologies such as the Internet and other forms of social media, and through the use of smart phones and other mobile devices. It can, under certain conditions, be carried out with relative anonymity. Cyber bullying can be particularly damaging because of the capacity it has to humiliate, hurt and harm a person in front of a huge ‘audience’.
Examples of Cyber bullying:
If you are being bullied, you are encouraged to do the RITE thing:
R = RECOGNISE :you have the right to feel safe and to operate in an environment free of bullying.
I = INFORM :the bullies that you want them to stop. Do this in a polite but firm way.
T = TELL :a responsible adult about the bullying.
E = EVALUATE : the situation. If it does not improve, seek further help.
Reports of bullying will be investigated and acted upon. Responses to bullying might include support for targets of bullying and perpetrators and/or disciplinary measures. The teacher will intervene to stop the bullying. The teacher may conduct and complete a mediation contract or refer the situation to a Coordinator, HOD or Vice principal, Principal if serious
Intervention strategies include:
Post-intervention strategies include: