What is bullying?
Bullying is behaviour which is emotionally or physically harmful to the person. It is repetitive and intentional and carried out by a group or an individual. If you are being bullied you will often feel upset and defenceless.
Bullying can take several forms including:
Verbal – saying nasty things about a person or their family
Physical – hitting, punching, kicking or spitting
Non-verbal – graffiti, deliberately ignoring or excluding someone
Cyber bullying – texting or posting nasty comments or pictures on websites or phones.
Bullying can be related to a certain aspect of a person and falls under the following areas:
Racist bullying – bullied for being part of a minority group
Homophobic bullying – bullied for being gay, lesbian or bi-sexual
Sexist bullying – bullying related to being male or female
Bullying related to disability and special educational needs – bullying related to a disability or impairment.
What can you do if you are being bullied or a friend is being bullied?
Talk to your Personal Tutor or a member of Student Services.
Keep a diary or record of any incidents, including texts or web links.
If someone is about to get seriously hurt, get a member of staff immediately. Get out of danger yourself and send for help.
If you are unable to take direct action, tell a member of staff or write them a note. You don’t have to give your name.
The College is committed to ensuring that all of its students feel safe. We will ensure that all instances of bullying will be dealt with swiftly. If you are being bullied or you see others being bullied, please tell your Personal Tutor or Student Services immediately.
Want to report a concern?
We take great care to ensure all students feel welcome and are able to study in a friendly environment that does not tolerate inequality or bullying. However if you every find yourself in a situation where you feel unfairly treated, intimidated or bullied you can always come and visit Student Services for support.
Send a confidential and anonymous message to the Hugh Baird College Safeguarding Officers: