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What is Bullying

What is Bullying? How do you know if your child is being bullied at school, a social club, Sunday school, a youth club or even around where you live or the kid next door?


A bully wants to hurt the other person (it’s not an accident). A bully does or says the same things over and over again. Bullying is about using power over another person. There are four main kinds of bullying.

bullying pictograms

Physical:  • hitting, shoving, kicking, spitting on, beating up on others
• damaging or stealing another person’s property
Verbal:     • name-calling, mocking or hurtful teasing
• humiliating or threatening someone
• making people do things they don’t want to do
Social:      • excluding others from the group
• spreading gossip or rumours about others
• making others look foolish
• making sure others do not spend time with a certain person
Electronic: using e-mail, cellular phone or other forms of social media and text messages to:
• threaten or hurt someone’s feelings
• single out, embarrass or make someone look bad
• spread rumours or reveal secrets about someone

So, bullying is the physical or psychological intimidation that occurs repeatedly over time. Bullying can be overt (i.e., teasing, hitting, or stealing); boys are most often overt bullies, or, Bullying can covert (i.e., spreading rumours or exclusion); girls are most often covert bullies.

So now we know what it is, how do we know if it is happening? see tip #3



Polly Visits the Angel of the North

me and angelJann and Polly visited the Angel of the North whilst on holiday this year. It is an impressive structure, it is 20 metres high (65ft) and has a wingspan of 54 metres (almost 175ft). It was commissioned by Gateshead Council to attract tourists to the North and has been seen by 33 million people annually since it’s construction. Makes one feel quite insignificant when you stand at the feet of an angel.

sign for angel of the north


UK and Ireland trip

I am planning to be in the UK and Ireland in the Spring, if anyone would like me to visit their school, youth/scout group please contact me for dates and details.

I think Polly the Parrot, Henrietta (Hetty) the Hornbill and Toucane the Toucan will be accompanying me. I talk on anti-bullying, being different (of colour, with a disability), do not litter and how we don’t pinch, punch or push for the younger ones.

I am taking booking now and will have my books available on sale to sign and dedicate.

Ok, so you’ve launched at Skoobs Theatre of books, what next?(part 1)

Ok, so you’ve launched at Skoobs Theatre of books, what next?

I had the pleasure of attending the second book launch of Miss Stacey Fru (one of South Africa’s youngest authors) at the Profound Centre.

It has a spacious hall, small grassed garden with pool and has good off street parking, ideal for book signings’, conferences, group meetings or small functions.

It is centrally located close to Melrose Arch with good main road access.

Rates are very reasonable and flexible.

Contact details are:

0114407501 or 0825486385

I love Skoobs Theatre of Books, you never know who is going to launch next.

Here I am with Gareth Cliff, radio presenter,with Gareth Cliff ex-Idols host, TV personality and radio presenter.

I was surprisingly impressed by this outspoken personality, and will definitely tune into ‘Cliff Central

He was charming, but most of all passionate about people’s right to free speech. One’s ability to express one’s opinion, regardless of how controversial providing there is no malice or hate speech.

Here in South Africa, they have the most amazing and broad Constitution, that represents everyone living here. I agree our most valued possession next to time, is our freedom of speech.  However, with that freedom comes responsibility. Think first, reply second.

All in all, I had a thoroughly enjoyable evening and of course was able to catch up with friends too, Sian-Bronwyn Claven, Kim Hunter, Arthie Moore, Deborah du Plooy. and of course, meet the famous Indie Author, Ashleigh Giannoccaro, who has just release ‘28 Boys

#garethcliff, #jannweeratunga


Look at that face…

one leg high kickI just love the expression on this young lad’s face, it says it all.

The One Foot High Kick, I don’t think I could get my leg up that high ha,ha,ha.

Maybe good for schools looking to do something a bit different. My book Polly’s Inuit Piralympics (Eskimo Paralympics for Pirates) will be in print soon. I can provide a teacher’s workaid to support the games for any who might like it. Also see, Nordic Games Symbol