Students of Westport Campus came together for 'BULLYING NO WAY' day and were encouraged to develop their skills to act against bullying.
Bullying is complex. Knowing exactly what bullying is and understanding why it happens are critical to finding positive and lasting solutions for everyone involved. Ian Ross Principal Westport Campus addressed all students at the Campus Bullying No Way day.
Students can play various roles within the bullying dynamic. Understanding the peer group is central to understanding bullying. Bullying of any form or for any reason can have long-term negative impacts on everyone involved, including bystanders.
Parents working together with the campus is the best way to stop the bullying from happening.
Bullying is an issue that exists throughout all communities. It is not just an issue for schools. Workable and lasting solutions to bullying therefore involve the whole community.
Encouraging students to report bullying helps the campus to gain a more accurate picture of bullying in their community and provide help where it is needed.
Bullying comes in many forms:
- Physical bullying means harming or intimidating someone physically.
- Verbal bullying means taunting or hurtful teasing.
- Psychological bullying means leaving someone out or saying bad things so others will think less of them.
- Cyberbullying means using online and mobile technology to harm someone emotionally and socially.
Seven skills that act against bullying:
Skill #1: Act with awareness, calm, respect, and confidence
People are less likely to bother you and more likely to listen to you if you walk, sit, and act with awareness, calm, respect, and confidence. Projecting a positive, assertive attitude indicates a person who has confidence in themselves. Staying aware also helps you to notice problems so that you can deal with them sooner rather than later.
Skill #2: Leave in a powerful, positive way
The best self-defence tactic is called “target denial,” which means “don’t be there.” Leaving an unsafe situation is often the wisest and most effective solution for getting away from trouble.
Skill #3: Set Boundaries about disrespectful or unsafe behaviour
Remind other, verbally or by your behaviour that your values are to have a welcoming and safe environment for everyone – and that being cruel or hurtful is wrong whether it happens in person, via social media, by texting, online or in any other way.
Skill #4: Use your voice
Most people who are being hurtful to others on purpose don’t want to get caught. Speaking-up loudly calls attention to a bullying problem or any unsafe behaviour.
Skill #5: Protect your feelings from name-calling and hurtful behaviour.
Learning how to protect their feelings from insults can prepare students to take charge of their emotional safety by building resilience skills that can be effective for the rest of their lives.
Skill #6: Speak-up for positive inclusion
It is essential to realise that sometimes kids (and adults) avoid someone because of their hurtful or negative behaviour. In that case, intervention is essential in helping the offending person to develop more positive social skills and to negotiate win-win relationships.
Skill #7: Be persistent in getting help from others
Children and teens who are being bullied need to be able to tell teachers, parents, and other adults in charge of what is happening at the moment clearly and calmly and persistently. Explain that telling to get help is not the same as dobbing just to get someone in trouble
People think that bullying is tough; it’s not tough. Do you want to know what tough is? Having to continually put up with the behaviours of others that are inappropriate, offensive or hurtful. Do you want to know what tough is? If you are a bully go up to the people you tease and say you’re sorry, That’s going to be tough.
What is our Message: BULLYING NO WAY.
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