We are continuing our whole site anti-bullying focus this term and working through some whole school shared resources to ensure a consistent message across the school.
Classes are currently exploring what the term ‘Bullying’ means. The national definition of bullying for Australian schools says:
"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 (overt) or hidden (covert).
Bullying of any form or for any reason can have 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."
Along with discussing WHAT IS bullying and the impacts of bullying, we need to understand what IS NOT bullying, and these behaviours include:
• mutual arguments and disagreements (where there is no power imbalance)
• not liking someone or a single act of social rejection
• one-off acts of meanness or spite
• isolated incidents of aggression, intimidation or violence.
However, these conflicts still need to be addressed and resolved. Working with children to find a kind way to resolve conflict is important, as are building skills of resilience to manage these situations that will occur throughout their lives.
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