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What is Bullying?

We encourage our students to “NAME” the behaviour that is upsetting them, i.e. “I don’t like it when you call me names”. Following this, they should tell the person upsetting them what they want to happen, i.e. “I don’t like being pushed around. Stop it!”.

If there is no change in behaviour, then they should speak with an adult.

What is Bullying ??

Definition of Bullying:

Bullying is when someone, or a group of people who have more power at the time deliberately upset or hurt another person, their property, reputation or social acceptance on more than one occasion.

Types of Bullying:

  • There are three broad categories of bullying: Direct physical bullying – this form includes hitting, tripping, pushing or damaging property
  • Direct Verbal Bullying – this form includes name calling, insults, homophobic or racist remarks, or verbal abuse
  • Indirect Bullying – this form of bullying is harder to recognise and is often carried out behind the back of the bullied person. It is designed to harm someone’s social reputation and or cause humiliation.

Indirect bullying includes:

  • Lying and spreading rumours
  • Playing nasty jokes to embarrass and humiliate
  • Mimicking
  • Encouraging others to socially exclude someone
  • Damaging someone’s social reputation and social acceptance; and
  • Cyber Bullying – which involves the use of email, social networking, text messages or chat rooms to humiliate and distress someone.

What Bullying is not:

Many distressing behaviours are not examples of bullying, even though they are unpleasant and often require teacher intervention and management.

There are three socially unpleasant situations that are often confused with bullying.

  • Mutual conflict situations – In mutual conflict situations there is an argument for disagreement between students but not an imbalance of power. Both parties are upset and usually both want a resolution to the problem. However, unresolved mutual conflict sometimes develops into a bullying situation with one person becoming targeted repeatedly for retaliation in a one-sided way.
  • Social rejection or dislike – unless the social rejection is directed to towards someone specific and involves deliberate and repeated attempts to cause distress, exclude or create dislike by others, it is not bullying.
  • Single episode acts - single episodes of nastiness or physical aggression, are not the same as bullying. If a student is verbally abused or pushed on one occasion they are not being bullied. Nastiness or physical aggression that is directed towards many different students is not the same as bullying.

Students who report bullying of any kind will be listened to. Please contact the school if this occurs.

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