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Bullying in Schools

This is an information resource for parents and children who may be bullied at school and do not know what to do or where to go for help. Remember, you are not alone and have the courage, strength and confidence to overcome this challenge in your life.

nicole torrens

on 10 May 2014

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OHS & Duty of Care
The National Safe Schools Framework provides schools with the necessary resources and legislative responsibilities to report and respond to bullying of a 'mental' nature.

The state Governments have adopted the framework and established their own policies and guidelines: (Victorian Government)

- all schools required to develop a student engagement policy. This outlines expectations for student engagement, attendance and behavior all of which can be significantly impacted upon by mental trauma associated with bullying.

The staff responsibilities correlated to this are:

- promote and model positive relationships

- participate in implementing school plan to counter bullying

- identify and respond to bullying incidents
Bullying in Schools
A resource for parents and children who may be bullied at school and do not know what to do or where to go.
Resources for parents
Website links to empower you through this stage of your life.
Characteristic of a bully
Signs your child is being bullied
What to do if your child is being bullied and where to go for help
How to empower your child
The person bullied and his story.
The bully and his story.
Videos of a person who was bullied and the bully from A Current Affair.
An empowering song from Katy Perry - ROAR.
change of appetite

being unhappy
acting out
getting into
decline in school performance
not wanting to
go to school
unexplained bruises, scratches or
marks on the body
low self
hot headed, easily frustrated or annoyed
lacks empathy
little respect for
trouble following rules
lack of family

regular fights with
OHS & Duty of Care
* Write out the date, time and location of the bullying incident.

* Write out what the person did to your child.

* Write out what your child did back to the child.

* Write down how your child felt about what happened.

* When you have 3 separate incidences take it to the teacher.

* If it occurs again do the above steps for the incident and then go the Assistant principle.

* If it occurs again do the steps above for the incident and then go to the Principal.

* If it occurs again the do the steps for the incident and go to Education Minister and/or go to Work safe in your state and/or seek advice from a lawyer.

Some information has been adapted to suit students at school and are taken from The steps employees can take http://www.safework.sa.gov.au/contentPages/docs/aeWorkplaceBullying.htm.
and http://www.parentsconnect.com/parenting-your-kids/parenting-kids/bullying/child_bullied_steps_take_school.html

Bullying is not OK.
- it is not your fault!
By Nicole Torrens, Kathleen Brincat and
Loretta Cormick - Swinburne University 2013.

This resource was choosen because it is an interactive, new and an innovative way to learn about a topic that is very heartbreaking to experience and a challenging time to get through. The information used on this online resource is from credible sources - personal experiences, government websites, self development and empowering websites from people who have overcame bullying experiences and grown strong and confident from the challenging experiences. Click on the links which will take you to the other websites for more in - depth information, tools and strategies. Remember, you are not alone in this experience - there are lots of people who have experienced it and overcame it and became better people because of the experience, and you will too. Please leave your comments in the comment box below and remember you are stronger then you think!

Listen to your child about the incidences.

* Show your child that you care about them.

* Take action for your child as it raises their self esteem and belief in themselves.

* Teach your child communication skills especially about expressing their emotions and speaking up for themselves.

* Talk about respect - what it means and how to respect yourself and others and how to demonstrate respect for yourself - tone, actions, what is OK and not OK for people to treat them.

* Teach your child to say No, do not ..... or No, I do not like that. No, I do not agree with that. No, it is not OK to do that - list the behavior/focus on the behavior and not the person.

* Take your child to a self - deference a martial arts class as it gives them the quiet confidence that they can look after themselves, and builds up their networks with people outside the school environment, builds up confidence and belief in themselves and provides a new positive perspective about themselves.

* Teach your child about boundaries - personal and professional boundaries - how they matter to them and to others with builds up confidence and strength within themselves.

* Know your rights and teach them to your child. (A list of rights will be in this resource so parents can print up and read everyday).

* Praise your child every step of the way and congratulate their courage and bravery for speaking up, standing up for themselves and taking positive action steps for themselves, their safety, their self respect, self confidence, self esteem and health and well-being.

*Let your child know that it is not ok for them to be treated that way, that they did nothing wrong and they do not deserve that treatment at all, and it is not ok for people to treat them in this manner, at all.
Information from http://ncab.org.au/thingsbullied/
KidPower Face bullying with confidence. 8 kidpower skills we can use right away http://www.kidpower.org/library/article/prevent-bullying/

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