Bullying is an ongoing misuse of power in relationships through repeated verbal, physical and/or social behaviour that causes physical and/or psychological harm. It can involve an individual or a group misusing their power over one or more persons. Bullying can happen in person or online, and it can be obvious or hidden. Bullying of any form or for any reason can have long-term effects on those involved, including bystanders.
Some conflicts between children are a normal part of growing up and are to be expected. Single incidents and conflicts or fights between equals, whether in person or online, are not considered bullying, even though they may be upsetting and need to be resolved.
Bullying can happen:
Identifying bullying can sometimes be difficult. Bullying is often conducted out of sight of teachers and children may be reluctant to report bullying. Online bullying is sometimes called cyber-bullying and carried out through the internet or mobile devices. Children who are bullied online are also often bullied face-to-face.
Examples of online bullying include:
Online bullying is one potential cybersafety issue for children when they use computers and mobile phones. Learn more about cybersafety at Bullying No Way.
Harassment occurs when someone is made to feel intimidated, insulted or humiliated because of their:
It can include behaviour such as:
It may be:
Your childâs behaviour can change for a variety of reasons. However, the following signs could indicate that your child is being bullied:
The signs of possible cyberbullying can be the same as signs of other bullying, but include certain behaviour with phones and computers, for example:
Violence is the intentional use of power (threatened or actual) against another person that results in psychological harm, injury or death. Violence may be a single incident, a random act, or it can occur over time. Assault is a police matter.
eCrime occurs when a computer or other electronic communication devices (eg mobile phones) are used to commit an offence, are targeted in an offence, or act as a storage device in an offence.
Bullying and harassment affects a personâs wellbeing, health and confidence and the ability to study and participate in learning activities. If you are unsure if you have been bullied or harassed, read more about what constitutes bullying and harassment.
Before you make a report write down as many details as you can about the incident. This will help you to recall details and make it easier to answer questions when you lodge your report.
Take notes about:
If a website or mobile phone was used as part of the bullying, it will help with tracking and blocking people engaging in the bullying behaviour if you can:
If the bullying is happening at school, or involves students from the school outside of school, you should let the school know the situation. Gather the information you have from your child to share with the school. The bullying and harassment support page provided more information for parents and caregivers about bullying and harassment at schools.
Bullying and harassment includes activities that are against the law and should be reported to the police. these include producing or broadcasting child pornography or suicide materials, blackmail, racial vilification, and unlawful operation of a computer including e-crimes. Police officers have the power to confiscate a mobile phone or computer if an image held on the device may be used as evidence of a crime. Such devices may be kept by the police until the action comes before a court.
If the bullying occurred online you can usually make an abuse report or contact the system administrator or service. Even if the bully cannot be identified, they can usually be blocked from the service.
Cyber safety contact centre | Phone: 1800 880 176
Bullying and Harassment Help and Advice
Office of the Childrenâs Safety Commissioner
DECD coalition for the prevention of bullying and violence in schools.(PDF Brochure with many useful links)
Birdwood High School is located in the Adelaide Hills almost 50 Km East of the Adelaide CBD.
South Australia 5234
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