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What bullying isn’t, and what to do when it happens.

31/07/2014
Bullying is a word that’s wrapped in emotion. For many people bullying is associated with bad childhood memories. It’s been estimated that around 40% of people have experienced some type of bullying in the past.
 
Bullying takes many forms and guises including physical and emotional abuse, intimidation, harassment and exclusion. It also now has a well-publicised cyber-dimension which has moved the goalposts for many kids. Cyberbullying means that kids can’t escape the bully at home like they once could.
 
Bullying should not be confused with teasing, rejection, random acts of violence or conflict. While children often tease or fight, this bickering is not bullying.
 
Bullying is about lack of power. Bullying is the selective, uninvited, repetitive oppression of one person by another.
 
If you think your child is being bullied, we advise that you:
1.     Listen to their story;
2.     Discuss their feelings;
3.     Get the facts;
4.     Give them coping skills;
5.     Build their self-confidence; and
6.     Help to build your child’s support networks at school.
 
At Wellcamp State School, there is a broad agreement among students, staff and parents that bullying will not be tolerated. We have a number of anti-bullying procedures that we follow and these are outlined in our Responsible behaviour plan. Please ensure that you discuss any of your concerns with your child’s class teacher and/or the Principal.
 
It’s worth remembering that children who experience some form of bullying often come out stronger and more resourceful because they have experienced difficulties and they know they can defeat them!