Bullying and Discrimination

You have the right to feel safe, secure and respected, and bullying of any kind isn’t tolerable and isn’t tolerated at Kibble. You won’t always get along with everyone you meet in life, but we all deserve to be treated with respect and courtesy regardless.

Bullying is not always obvious, and can take many forms, including:

  • Being teased, made fun of, or being called names.
  • Being hit, pushed or kicked, or being threatened with violence.
  • Being singled out because of who you are or how people see you.
  • Receiving abusive messages or comments online.
  • Having belongings taken from you or damaged on purpose.
  • Being made to do things you don’t want to do.

If you feel like any of these things are happening to you or someone you know, it’s important to remember that not only is it not your fault, you don’t have to deal with it alone. There’s no single or simple solution for everyone who feels they’re being bullied, but our staff at Kibble are trained to listen and will respect your privacy as they make sure that you and your peers are safe. Confidential help and advice on bullying is also available online or over the phone:

  • Respect Me is Scotland’s anti-bullying service, which is full of advice and resources on what to do if you feel that you or someone you know is being bullied or harassed.
  • Childline has a dedicated Bullying Line, that you can call for free on 0800 441111. Their website has a comprehensive list of resources that can help you understand bullying and bounce back after the experience of being bullied.

Staying Safe Online

While the Internet and social media have transformed the way that young people interact with each other and the world, it can be a confusing and sometimes dangerous space. Young people online are exposed to serious risks of harm, from identity theft and fraud to cyber-bullying and exploitation. You have the right to know how your information (e.g. your photos or details about your life) is being used, and to make informed and conscious choices about what you share about yourself online.

At Kibble, we’re committed to helping you stay safe online and our staff will be there to support you to use the Internet and social media responsibly—and to help when things go wrong. We’ve listed some resources below that can help you to understand more about staying safe online.

  • Think U Know provides advice for young people to help them use the Internet responsibly and report abuse.
  • The Internet Watch Foundation promotes the safe and responsible use of technology for children and young people. They have a range of quizzes, games and articles to help you spot hidden advertising and sponsored posts, and to make the most of your privacy settings on social media. The Internet Watch Foundation has a site for children and a site for young adults.
  • CYPCS, The Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland, has a 10 point guide to staying safe online. They also have advice on how to browse the Internet in secret, if you’re worried about someone checking your browsing history e.g. if you’ve been searching for sensitive or potentially embarrassing subjects.