This is when a person uses technology I.e. mobile phones of the internet (social networking sites, chat rooms, instant messenger, tweets), to deliberately upset someone. Bullies often feel anonymous and 'distanced' from the incident when it takes place online and 'bystanders' can easily become bullies themselves by forwarding the information on. There is a growing trend for bullying to occur online or via texts – bullies no longer rely on being physically near to a young person.
This club commits to ensure our website and/or social networking pages are being used appropriately and any online bullying will be dealt with swiftly and appropriately in line with procedures detailed in this policy.
Why is it important to Respond to Bullying?
Bullying hurts. No one deserves to be a victim of bullying. Everybody has the right to be treated with respect. Individuals who are bullying need to learn different ways of behaving.
This club has a responsibility to respond promptly and effectively to issues of bullying.
Objectives of this Policy
All club members, coaches, officials and parents should have an understanding of what bullying is.
All club members, officials and coaching staff should know what is the club policy is on bullying, and follow it when bullying is reported.
All players and parents should know what the club policy is on bullying, and what they should do if bullying arises.
As a club we take bullying seriously, Players and parents should be assured that they would be supported when bullying is reported.
Bullying will not be tolerated.
Signs and Indicators
A child may indicate by signs or behaviour that he or she is being bullied. Adults should be aware of these possible signs and that they should investigate if a child:
Says he or she is being bullied
Is unwilling to go to club sessions
Becomes withdrawn anxious, or lacking in confidence feels ill before training sessions
Comes home with clothes torn or training equipment damaged
Has possessions go 'missing'
Has unexplained cuts or bruises
Is frightened to say what is wrong
Gives improbable excuses for any of the above
In More Extreme Cases
Cries themselves to sleep at night or has nightmares
Becomes aggressive, disruptive or unreasonable
Is bullying other children or siblings
Attempts or threatens suicide or runs away
Report bullying incidents to the Club Welfare Officer or a member of the clubs committee or contact the County FA Welfare Officer
In cases of serious bullying, the incidents will be referred to the county FA Welfare Officer for advice and possibly to the FA Case Management Team
Parents should be informed and will be asked to come in to a meeting to discuss the problem
If necessary and appropriate, the police will be consulted
The bullying behaviour of threats of bullying must be investigated and the bullying stopped quickly
An attempt will be made to help the bully/bullies change their behaviour
If mediation fails and the bullying is seen to continue the club will initiate disciplinary action under the club constitution