15 Mar NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION AGAINST BULLYING & VIOLENCE: BULLYING NO WAY!!!
Definition of bullying:
The national definition of bullying for Australian schools says:
Bullying is an ongoing and deliberate misuse of power in relationships through repeated verbal, physical and/or social behaviour that intends to cause physical, social and/or psychological harm. It can involve an individual or a group misusing their power, or perceived power, over one or more persons who feel unable to stop it from happening.
Bullying can happen in person or online, via various digital platforms and devices and it can be obvious (overt) or hidden (covert). Bullying behaviour is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time (for example, through sharing of digital records)
Bullying of any form or for any reason can have immediate, medium and long-term effects on those involved, including bystanders. Single incidents and conflict or fights between equals, whether in person or online, are not defined as bullying.
If you are experiencing bullying or know someone who is – seek help. You don’t need to be alone with bullying.
There are people who can listen and help. It is important to tell someone so they can help you.
You can talk to:
- a teacher, guidance officer or school counselor
- someone in your family – aunt, uncle, grandparent
- a friend who could help you.
If things don’t get better after you’ve told someone, tell them again or tell a different person. There is always someone who can help.
Who else can I talk to?
Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 or www.kidshelp.com.au
Parentline Queensland and Northern Territory – www.parentline.com.au
1300 30 1300 (cost of a local call)
8am to 10pm, 7 days a week
Where can I report online bullying (cyberbullying)?
The Office of the eSafety Commissioner – Online help and reporting www.esafety.gov.au
Where do I report bullying that might involve a crime?
Australian Federal Police www.afp.gov.au
Where can I get more support and information online?
Reach Out www.reachout.com.au
Australian Psychological Society www.psychology.org.au