It's September and it's back to school! We spoke to Frances from the Bullybusters team and asked her advice for children and young people returning to school. She gave us her Bullybusters' top six tips for returning to school - whether you're starting a new school or going into a new year. Great advice too for parents too who are looking for the best way to support their children.
1) Get to know the staff at your school
It’s important to know who your learning mentor, pastoral support and head of year are when returning to school. Getting to know the staff will make things much easier if you ever need to speak to them for any help or guidance throughout the school year.
2) Remember your “Safe hands”
Bullybusters are very passionate about talking about the idea of “Safe Hands”. These are the 5 people you can count off on one hand that you can trust and speak to when you’re in need of help. Ideally at least 3 of them should be adults over 18. For example you could have 3 teachers at school to choose from so there is always someone you could speak to. The other 2 could be a friend, a sibling or even a pet. You can also use your “Safe Hands” at home when considering who to go to for help.
3) Don't be a Bystander
We often hear how no one wants to be a “snitch”. However, there's a difference between being a ‘snitch’ and telling an adult what you have seen so that person can be helped. If you're snitching on someone it's to get them in trouble. Even if you feel as though you can't tell the teacher, go and ask that person if they are ok and see if there is anything you can do. Encourage them to ask for some help.
4) Use the 4 W’s
If you witness something that has happened, in the classroom or the playground, here’s what you can use when telling your teacher about the situation.
Who was it?
Where did it happen?
When did it happen?
Teachers have told Bullybusters that 4 W’s would be enough information for them in order to try and solve any problems between students at school.
5) Don’t blame yourself, it's never your fault
Always look to seek help and support, talking to someone about what is happening is the best way to resolve the issue.
6) Use our Website and Helpline
The Bullybusters Website tells you all about the support available from Bullybusters as well as helpful and practical tips. Don’t suffer in silence, talking allows you to get things off your chest. Our helpline is open from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM Monday to Friday for children and young people, parents and teachers - 08001696928.