Advice for Students

What is Bullying?

Bullying of any kind is not acceptable at Balby Carr Community Academy and we always take bullying seriously as it can leave young people feeling anxious, depressed, lonely, worthless and scared. It doesn’t have to be like that.

At Balby Carr we use the definition of bullying that the Government has given to schools as advice. This is the definition we use in our school policy:-

“Bullying is behaviour by an individual or group, repeated over time, that intentionally hurts another individual or group either physically or emotionally.” 

Let’s look at what this means:-

“Intentionally hurts”- This means that it is deliberate and the person intended to hurt or upset you.

Sometimes things are said that were not intended to hurt you. We understand that this may be upsetting but it may not be bullying. You should always report incidents so that we can support you. Then, if it happens again we can deal with it as bullying.

“Repeated over time” - If someone does or says something to you once it may not be bullying. If they do it more than once then this may be classed as bullying.

We do understand that some one-off incidents can still be very serious and very upsetting and may still need to be treated as bullying. This is why we will take statements and investigate all reports of bullying so we can look at the facts.

Bullying can mean many different things and young people have described bullying as:

  • being called names
  • being put down or humiliated
  • being teased
  • being pushed or pulled about
  • having money and other possessions taken or messed about with
  • having rumours spread about you
  • being ignored and left out
  • being hit, kicked or physically hurt
  • being threatened or intimidated

These things can happen at school or at home, but they can also happen online or on social networks. 
Use kind words, care for your friends and never stand by and watch someone being bullied. Watch this short film on Cyberbullying and remember that banter can become bullying.

Reporting Bullying

You should always talk to an adult if you are being bullied. Young people are scared this will just make it worse but if we do not know it is happening we cannot help you deal with it and take action against the bully to keep you safe. 

Talk to your Aspire Mentor, or your Head of Year or another adult in school you trust. 

Here are some really useful links:-