At SIS the fair and equal treatment plan is a matter of concern to everyone. The goal is that students, parents and staff members should be treated with respect and that any evaluations of people’s contribution to this task should be objectively considered. The plan includes promoting equal opportunities and diversity, fighting discrimination, harassment and other acts of intimidation in all their forms. In this work we all have responsibility.
SIS Students against Bullying
In support of the schools Fair and Equal Treatment Plan, our students have joined the fight to ending bullying and raise awareness in the community. Here you can find their creative voices as well as resources to learn more about bullying and the programs SIS has in place to prevent it.
Student Council Anti-Bullying Video Competition
To raise awareness about the issues of bullying, the SIS Student Council run a Anti-Bullying video competition. This competition invites students from all grades to create Anti-bullying videos which are then shared with the SIS School Community and the finalist have their videos posted on YouTube.
Students at SIS are involved in a Friends program as part of their advisory program. Friends is a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of mobbing or bullying*. Friends educates and support schools and sports clubs throughout Sweden. Their vision is to see young children and adolescents grow up in a safe and secure society where all are treated equally. Friends Website
More information regarding bullying from the Students of SIS
What is Bullying?
Bullying is when one person or a group of people hurt another person deliberately and repeatedly. Bullying has long-term effects not only on the victims, but the spectators of the act as well, and is expressed in three main ways, namely, physical, verbal, and cyberbullying.
Physical bullying is the least difficult to recognize. Some examples are:
- Hitting, pushing someone around
- Stealing, destroying someone’s possessions
- Forcing people to do things they don’t want to do
Verbal/social bullying includes teasing, or making fun of someone’s weaknesses or appearance. Some examples of this are:
- Calling people names or insulting them
- Rejecting to speak to someone
- Circulating rumours about someone
- Public humiliation or taunting
- Harassment based on someone’s gender, sexual preference, race, religion, body type or disability
- Excluding someone from groups
- Threatening letters, notes, phone calls
Cyberbullying is when bullying happens over the Internet, such as:
- Posting hurtful material on social networking websites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.)
- Sending hurtful emails or messages
- Creating fake profiles and posting nasty statuses and photos
What can each of us do?
Short tips for students:
Reporting- Students should communicate with a trusted adult when they or someone they know is the victim of bullying.
Talking- Stand up for yourself. There are diverse ways used by students to avoid these situations such as using humor and firm, confident speaking or simply ignoring the behavior.
Helping- Always remember that helping your peers with acts of kindness and support is the best way to prevent bullying. Help kids understand bullying; talk about what bullying is and how to stand up to it safely. Tell kids bullying is unacceptable. Make sure kids know how to get help.
Short tips for adults
Be a role model- Show kids how to treat others with kindness and respect.
Lessons- Teach your children from a young age how they are supposed to treat their classmates and friends.
Short tips for teachers
Safe Environment- Build or create a nice and safe environment in which student are happy to be.
Monitoring- Always have a teacher monitor in each area of the school. Bullying usually occurs in places where teachers are less likely to be seen.
Manage classrooms- Clear rules within the classroom can help prevent bullying. Some example could be establishing a culture of respecting each student in the school and welcoming the new ones. Rewarding the students who has shown thoughtfulness and respect for other students, teachers and the school. Always remind the students that there are consequences to each bad action.