As a new school with fresh foundations, we strive to create a climate where everyone is valued, respected and appreciated. By creating a positive climate of camaraderie, we aim to avoid issues with bullying or cyberbullying. Bullying is not tolerated under any circumstances at the MET.
Utilizing the world's foremost bullying prevention program, Olweus, we take a whole school approach to Bullying Prevention, weaving the IB principals into our school culture. Through the attributes of the Learner Profile, our school promotes mutual respect, tolerance, and acceptance.
All staff members receive extensive training in Bullying Prevention and the program is incorporated into all our classrooms with weekly meetings designed to improve peer relations and make our school a positive place for learning.
We have developed a policy statement to help us prevent incidents of bullying and cyber bullying to guide the community in the event of such occurrences. It includes the following components:
The aims and objectives of the school in relation to bullying and cyberbullying.
A clear definition of what behavior is considered to be bullying within the school.
A clear definition of what behavior is considered to be cyber bullying within the school.
A description of how bullying and cyber bullying is to be prevented.
Procedures for staff, students, parents and Board members who become aware of bullying and cyber bullying situations.
The MET’s response to cases of bullying and cyber bullying
The MET’s response to cases of cyberbullying
Working with the bully and applying sanctions
Message to students
Message to parents and staff
Generating an awareness and openness about the problem with the students through the PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education) program, assemblies, school anti-bullying campaigns and general briefings with the following aims:
Educating students about the problem
Introducing them to the school’s policy
Challenging ‘traditional’ attitudes to bullying
Teaching students how to respond to bullying / cyber bullying constructively
Training in assertiveness
Teaching students how to support peers who are being bullied / cyber bullied
Facilitating an anti-bullying ethos in the school
Students, their parents/guardians, as well as staff should be encouraged to report immediately all incidents of bullying or suspected bullying / cyber bullying to appropriate members of the pastoral team who must take action and keep a full record of the incident and any investigations.
No member of our school community needs to accept from others behavior that she/he finds offensive. To all our students, including the very youngest, we explain appropriate behavior in these terms:
If someone else finds your behavior offensive, then, what you are doing is against the Code of Conduct because it is not showing respect for the feelings and rights of others. In this case you should stop the offending behavior at once. If you are uncomfortable with the behavior of others – student or adult – towards you, or you find their behavior offensive, it is likely that there is something wrong with their behavior towards you.
Tell the person that you feel uncomfortable and ask him/her to stop it
If the behavior continues, tell your teacher or another adult in school
All such complaints will be taken seriously and listened to
If someone is calling you names or making hurtful comments try to ignore them – walk away
Do not retaliate by calling them names or hitting them – this will make matters worse and possibly get you in trouble instead. Tell your teacher. The bully should be the one who gets into trouble
The teacher will talk to the offender and decide on a Plan of Action
Your complaint and a Plan of Action will be written down and filed
If the bad behavior continues after action has been taken by the school, you must tell your teacher or another adult immediately the incident occurs, or as soon as possible afterwards
You must report every instance of continued bullying or harassment – not reporting may make the situation worse
Remember: it is not your fault – you are not to blame. Bullies have no right to make you unhappy.
If you feel uncomfortable because of electronic information about you such as via e-mail messages, instant messages, cellular phone text messages (including SnapChat and WhatsApp messages), digital pictures or images, or website postings (including blogs and social networks, e.g. Facebook), you are advised to:
Follow the same process above.
Do not respond in a derogatory manner to the cyber bully and save and print out the messages (with full email headers), save phone messages, record or save-and-print instant messenger conversations, print or produce a screen-grab of social network pages, print, save and forward to staff whole email messages or pictures as evidence rather than deleting them
In some cases, you may be able to block the person bullying from your sites and services.
You can help by:
Looking out for signs of distress – reluctance to go to school – headaches – loss of personal property – asking for extra pocket money
Letting us know as soon as you have firm suspicions
Taking an active interest in your child’s social life and friendships
Discussing what happens during breaks and the journeys to and from school
Contacting your child’s teacher if you are worried
Trying to help your child recruit friends to make bullying less likely
Informing the school if your child is coming home with other students’ property – money from unidentified sources
Understanding that bullies also need to be understood and appropriate action taken to help them conform to the Code of Conduct
If your child is being bullied, please do not encourage him/her to hit back; it will make matters worse. Staff at school will offer support – IF they know of your concerns. Teachers, Principals and the Head of School are willing to listen.
To read the full Anti-Bullying Policy, please read Policy 5.4 on our Parent & Student Handbook located in the "My MET" tab.