What is bullying?
Bullying occurs when somebody who is less powerful than another person or group is deliberately and repeatedly hurt without in any way deserving that treatment.
Bullying involves a desire to hurt + hurtful action + a power imbalance + (typically) repetition + an unjust use of power + evident enjoyment by the aggressor and a sense of being oppressed on the part of the victim (Rigby, 2010).
Bullying behaviour can be:
• verbal - eg name calling, teasing, abuse, putdowns, sarcasm, insults, threats
• physical - eg hitting, punching, kicking, scratching, tripping, spitting
• social - eg ignoring, excluding, alienating, making inappropriate gestures
• psychological - eg spreading rumours, dirty looks, mean jokes, hiding or damaging possessions, malicious SMS, IM or email messages, inappropriate use of camera phones (cyberbullying).
Parents, teachers and children at Neutral Bay PS have the responsibility to:
• Promote positive relationships that respect and accept individual differences and diversity within the whole school community.
• Abstain personally from bullying others.
• Actively discourage bullying when it occurs.
• Give support to those who are victimised.