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Anti - Bullying Policy (Draft)

1) Children’s rights

2) What is Bullying?
3) Bullies and Victims

4) Consequences of Bullying

5) Implementing a whole school Bullying Policy

6) HSS Anti – Bullying Policy

1) Children's Rights

Every child has the right to be protected from maltreatment, neglect, abuse or degradation. [section 28(1)(d) of the Bill of Rights]

Everyone has the right to human dignity. [section 10 of the Bill of Rights]

Every child has the right to a safe and secure environment in which to learn and play. The Bill of Rights, a fundamental aspect of our Constitution, lists a number of essential human rights that are protected and enforced by law. Bullying is a violation of several of these rights. As teachers, we have a duty to protect and uphold these rights, not only in the classroom, but in every part of the school.

Children have a right to:

  • Human dignity

  • Privacy

  • Feel safe

  • Be respected

  • Be valued

  • Freedom and security of person

  • Be different

  • Learn and grow as an individual

  • Be free of harm

  • Be protected against abuse

2) What is bullying?

To be bullied means to be harassed, humiliated, singled out, discriminated against. These negative types of treatment can take place in public as well as in private.
Bullies can be found in the classroom (learners and educators), on the playgrounds, sports field etc.

Children have defined bullying as:

  • Being called names

  • Being teased

  • Being pushed, pulled, hit or attacked

  • Having your bag and other possessions taken away or thrown around

  • Having rumours spread about them

  • Being attacked verbally and/or physically because of race, religion, culture, colour and sexuality

Bullying HURTS. It makes children feel scared, upset and worthless.

3) Bullies and Victims

Bullies can be boys and girls and children of 3 and 4 are known to be bullies and victims of bullying.
Bullies are aggressive to their peers, but can also be aggressive to adults – teachers and parents.

Typical Characteristics of Bullies:

  • They need to feel powerful and in control

  • Derive satisfaction from hurting others

  • Lack parental support and guidance

  • Are generally defiant and inclined to break school rules

  • Are often physically stronger than their victims

  • Are aggressive towards adults and authority

Typical Characteristics of Victims

  • They are anxious

  • Shy

  • Insecure

  • Loners

  • Physically small

  • Lack confidence and self esteem

  • "A" students who drop to a "C" or "D"

The following case study reveals some of the characteristics of bullies and victims

Case study: William is 14-years-old and a very    
large boy for his age. William attended a
government school until grade 6 and then moved
to a private school. He was unruly and bullied
smaller boys or weaker children. He has always
been told that he does not work to his full potential
and does not seem to do the work he is required to
do. He is rude to adults and needs constant
monitoring by staff. He has strong leadership
potential, but tends to use it negatively rather than
positively. Most of the children in his class are
afraid of him.

4) Consequences of bullying

Physical Consequences

  • headaches

  • backaches

  • nail biting

  • loss of appetite

  • unexplained aches and pains

Emotional Consequences

  • feeling depressed

  • feeling suicidal

  • feeling fearful, frustrated and hopeless

Educational Consequnces

  • withdraw from school activities

  • afraid to ask questions in class

  • cannot concentrate on work

  • hide lack of understanding for fear of being ridiculed

  • underachieve so that they don’t appear to be too clever

5) Implementing a Whole-School No-Bullying Policy

The purpose of an anti – bullying policy is to provide an integrated and positive response to bullying. It helps establish a safe environment for learners by providing clear rules and procedures for dealing with bullying on a regular and consistent basis. Learners will feel safer knowing that bullying is NOT TOLERATED and educators will feel more secure knowing that procedures are in place to ensure that the school is bully free.

Hillview Secondary School - Anti - Bullying Policy

The purpose of this policy is to promote consistency of approach and to create a climate in which all types of bullying are regarded as unacceptable.
This policy takes as its basis the Bill of Rights of the South African Constitution (1996)

To promote a secure and happy environment free from threat, harassment and any type of bullying behaviour
To take positive action to prevent bullying from occurring through a clear school policy on Personal and Social Development.
To show commitment to overcoming bullying by practising zero tolerance.
To inform pupils and parents of the school's expectations and to foster a productive partnership, which helps maintain a bully-free environment.
To make staff aware of their role in fostering the knowledge and attitudes which will be required to achieve the above aims.

Achieving Aims
All action relating to curricular issues underpins the belief in valuing people as individuals and their right to a bully-free environment.
The stated aims will be further achieved through the school's policies and programmes already in practice. (The School Code of Conduct; The Life Orientation Programme)

Staff Responsibilities
To implement procedures to confront bullying in any form
To listen to all parties involved in incidents.
To investigated as fully as possible.
To take appropriate action, or to refer the matter to a member of the management team for further action.
To record and inform parents of bullying incidents.
To promote the use of a range of teaching and learning styles and strategies which challenge bullying behaviour.
To ensure regular discussions between  management, staff, learners and parents take place.
To record incidents of bullying in a discipline file.
To retain records for monitoring purposes.

Learner Responsibilities
Learners are required to report bullying to the principal, a teacher (any staff member – teaching and non-teaching)
Information received by learners will be treated confidentially.
Procedure for disciplinary hearings
The procedure for disciplinary hearings will be according to the school Code of Conduct and will not be in violation of the South African Schools Act.

Disciplinary Sanctions
Punishment can only be imposed on offenders after a FAIR hearing has been conducted.
Punishment must not be in violation of the Bill of Rights.

*This policy will be reviewed regularly and revised as necessary, in the ongoing process of school development planning.*

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