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Today the SBC Community are encouraged to come together, reflect and take action on bullying. To say NO WAY to any form of bullying.
This year’s theme ‘Take Action Together’ aims to elevate student voice, empowering young Australians to join the conversation. The Safe and Supportive School Communities Working Group who champion the day of action to maintain awareness believe our schools should be safe, supportive, and respectful teaching and learning communities that promote student wellbeing. We believe this should also permeate and impact our lives positively outside of school.
This national conversation is Australia’s key bullying prevention initiative, connecting schools and communities to find workable solutions to bullying and violence.
What is bullying?
The Safe and Supportive School Communities Working Group offer this comprehensive overview.
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, as a student at St Brendan’s College, are being bullied or know someone who is you can:
Contact an organization and speak with trained counselors:
Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800 or www.kidshelpline.com.au
Headspace: 1800 650 890 www.headspace.org.au
Speak with a teacher.
Speak with the Guidance Counsellor.
For students and parents the following resources may also assist you in recognising, dealing with and helping to eradicate bullying from our psyche.