Our thoughts on Bullying…
- the willful, conscious desire to continually hurt or threaten or frighten another person
- continually subjecting another person to any form of harassment which is intimidating
- continually refusing to treat another person with the respect and dignity he or she deserves.
- Therefore bullying could mean one or more of the following:
Fighting, pushing, shoving, Name calling, teasing, Using “put down” language, Spreading rumours, Making threats, Ignoring or excluding, Making fun of, laughing at, Picking on because of race, sex, appearance, Sneering at, Stealing or damaging others’ property, Writing personal graffiti, Writing offensive notes, Giving unwanted attention, Making unwanted phone calls, Rude gesturing, Invading someone’s personal space using the internet inappropriately.
If you are a bully…..
Remind yourself that others have the right to be treated with respect.
Make planned attempts to speak and act respectfully towards the person.
Listen when others tell you that your behaviour is offensive and be prepared to change what you are doing.
Don’t ignore bullying!
If you see someone being bullied try to help them in whatever way you can.
Tell someone who can help: Your Teacher, Another Teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal, Student Leader, School Captain, A friend, or Your Parents.
If you’re unsure of what you should do if you are being bullied, take a look at this chart to help you decide what to do, or call the Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 if you need further assistance.