Bullying should not be confused with one-off playground teasing or occasional disagreements. While these may be issues to be addressed, they are not the same as bullying.
Bullying behaviour seeks to establish power and has the following common elements:
Bullying is often done covertly so it can be hard to know when a child is being bullied. For that reason, at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School we are proactive in creating an environment where bullying is unacceptable and where students are taught skills to counter any behaviours where they may feel harassed or bullied.
The steps we take include:
Students are made aware that they have the ability to deal with bullying behaviour. It is especially important that teachers are informed if a child feels they are being bullied or they are witnessing someone else being bullied.
A website we recommend to parents that has a lot of helpful information about dealing with bullying is www.bullyingnoway.gov.au