HELPFUL INFORMATION ABOUT BULLYING, CYBER BULLYING AND ANTI-BULLYING STRATEGIES.
This information has been adapted from Andrew Fuller's publication, From Surviving to Thriving – Promoting Mental Health in Young People(ACER), covering a wide variety of issues for young people and also from BULLYfreeTV – The complete anti-bullying guide on DVD(2009) featuring Andrew Fuller as an Australian expert. This resource is produced and presented by Tony Johnston.

Go to www.bullyfree.com.au for more information and to purchase this excellent resource.

Andrew Fuller is a Clinical Psychologist and Family Therapist and he is a member of the National Centre Against Bullying. For more information visit www.andrewfuller.com.au

What is bullying?
What forms can bullying take?
Who is most at risk of being bullied?
What consequences can bullying have?
What are some ways to change the behaviours of bullies?
What are some ways to assist bullied students?
What role can bystanders play in preventing bullying?
How can school culture influence bullying?

What is bullying?

Bullying is an imbalance and misuse of power between individuals or groups, with the intention to cause harm or hurt. This behaviour is repeated over time and comes in many different forms.

What forms can bullying take?

Bullying can take many different forms:

Physical bullying includes causing physical harm including punching, kicking, fighting, damaging property or invading someone’s personal space.
Verbal bullying includes name calling, teasing, spreading rumours, putting someone down, swearing or using offensive language.
Exclusion or Social Bullying is leaving a person or group of people out of social or group activities. The person or group can feel isolated from others.
Cyber bullying is bullying using technology such as mobile phones, computers via text messaging, social networking sites, emails, web pages and instant messaging.
Victimisation includes stand-over tactics, picking on others and repeated exclusion.
Racial bullying includes bullying targeting a person’s race or personal history.
Sexual bullying or harassment includes touching or brushing against another person in a sexual manner, using rude names or commenting about someone’s morals.

Who is most at risk of being bullied?

Bullying can occur at any age but occurs most often around the ages of 10 - 12 for boys and girls in Australia, around Year 8 to Year 10. Bullying also occurs in the transition from Primary to High School. With cyber bullying, as children get older, the prevalence of incidents of bullying using technology increases.

What consequences can bullying have?

Whether involved as a bully or as a victim, there is clear evidence to adverse consequences for the young person. Being bullied has serious consequences and victims report having lowered levels of self-esteem and increased feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness. Children who are identifiedas displaying bullying behaviours over a long period of time can have difficulties with learning and achieving in a school environment, addictive behaviours and difficulties with forming relationships.

What are some ways to change the behaviours of bullies?

Students who bully others on an ongoing basis often do so for varying reasons. Talking to a child who is displaying bullying behaviours is a positive start in getting the child to recognise his/her behaviour as bullying. Learning about friendships, the skills required to maintain friendships and by developing resilience, children who display bullying behaviours are offered an alternative to continuing to choose behaviours that are unacceptable.

What are some ways to assist bullied students?

  • Talk about it and be clear that the situation is bullying
  • Talk about it with the teacher, principal or group leader where this behaviour is occurring
  • Keep a record of the behaviours that are occurring and think of positive responses
  • Develop friendship groups for the child who is being bullied
  • Identify friends within groups or someone the child can nurture a friendship with
  • Practise positive anti-bullying strategies, displayed on BTB Posters in a safe environment
  • Encourage the child to stand up for him/herself by using appropriate anti-bullying strategies
  • Keep open communication with the child

What role can bystanders play in preventing bullying?

Bystanders are children who witness bullying or even join in on bullying with others. Bystanders can ASSIST by helping to safely stop bullying situations or inform an adult of the situation. Bystanders have a responsibility to support their friends and stand up for the rights of others.

How can school culture influence bullying?

The culture of a school is an important determinant of the behaviour and well being of staff and students. The overall message from prevention research is that schools can prevent the onset, severity and duration of …bullying and violence by undertaking a process of developing a culture that promotes resilience and by specifically targeting students when they are integrated into the school.

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