Bullying can take many forms, from physical or verbal abuse to bullying via text messages or the Internet (cyberbullying). Whatever form the bullying takes, it is completely unacceptable. That’s why at GEMS Wellington Academy – Silicon Oasis they have a zero approach to bullying of any kind, with everyone being fully committed to ensuring that all the Academy’s students are educated in ways that help to prevent and respond to bullying.
In order to ensure that its students are empowered to take action against bullying in all its forms, the Academy celebrates Anti- Bullying Week every year. This year the theme was ‘All Different, All Equal’ which was inspired by the Anti-Bullying Alliance charity in the UK, and included a dedicated curriculum day with a variety of workshops and activities. There was also a ‘Mix It Up’ day to promote antibullying and celebrate the diversity within the academy’s own multi-cultural community.
In a 2017 survey undertaken by the leading international anti-bullying charity ‘Ditch the Label’, research suggested that teenagers face an epidemic of bullying: 43% of respondents said they had been bullied and 32% said they witnessed it several times a week. Although incidents of bullying at GEMS Wellington Academy are very rare, education on specific issues such as the safe use of the Internet, social media and cultural understanding plays a key role in ensuring that incidents are kept to a minimum.