Eliminating Intimidation & Harrassment

Students, staff members, parents, caregivers and the wider community have the right to a safe and supportive learning environment in schools.  For this to occur, all school community members have a responsibility to prevent and respond to reports and observations of bullying.

Definition of Bullying

Bullying is when an individual or group misuses power to target another individual or group to intentionally threaten or harm them on more than one occasion. This may involve verbal, physical, relational and psychological forms of bullying. 

Types of Bullying

 Bullying takes many forms and can include:

  • Verbal Bullying:  The repeated use of words to hurt or humiliate another individual or group.  Verbal bullying includes using put-downs, insulting language, name-calling, swearing, nasty notes and homophobic, racist or sexist comments.
  • Psychological Bullying: Includes repeated stalking, threats or implied threats, unwanted email or text messaging, abusive websites, threatening gestures, manipulation, emotional blackmail, and threats to an individual’s reputation and sense of safety.
  • Emotional Bullying: Usually involves repeatedly ostracising others by leaving them out or convincing others to exclude or reject another individual or group from their social connections, making up or spreading rumours and sharing or threatening to share another’s personal information.
  • Physical Bullying: Includes repetitive low level hitting, kicking, pinching, pushing, tripping, “ganging up”, unwanted physical or sexual touching, and damage to personal property.
  • Cyber Bullying: Involves the use of information and communication technologies such as e-mail, text messages, instant messaging and websites to engage in the bullying of other individuals or groups.  This technology provides an alternative means for verbal, relational and psychological forms of bullying.
  •  Bystanders to Bullying: Bullying also involves the concept of “bystanders”.  A bystander may be someone who sees bullying or knows about it but  is not usually directly involved. 

Everyone at the school can have a role in supporting those who are being bullied.  All members of the school community at Newman Senior High School need to be aware of their role in supporting those who are being bullied and their responsibility to discourage bullying behaviours when they observe them.  Any member of the school community can be a bystander and can act successfully to prevent or stop bullying.  Sometimes it is difficult to act at the time of the bullying incident but reporting bullying behaviour is also important.  Bystanders are encouraged to report to someone who can help, such as a member of the school staff. 

Newman Senior High School implements a range of structures & strategies.  Click here to view.