Say No to Bullying Vigilantism,
Violence, Emotional Violence, Sexism, Racism and Homophobia
"Bullying can happen anywhere...
Covert bullying (sometimes referred to as indirect bullying)
is less direct, but just as painful.
It means bullying which isn’t easily seen by others and is conducted out of sight,
such as excluding people from groups
or spreading lies or rumours.
("Just so you know, I don't like the look of him, I thought you should know")
Because it is less obvious, it is often unacknowledged by adults."
Australian Human Rights Commission
What is bullying?: Violence, Harassment and Bullying Fact sheet
- Keeping someone out of a group (online or offline)
- Acting in an unpleasant way near or towards someone
- Giving nasty looks, making rude gestures, calling names, being rude and impolite, and constantly negative teasing.
- Spreading rumours or lies, or misrepresenting someone (i.e. using their Facebook account to post messages as if it were them)
- Mucking about that goes too far
- Harassing someone based on their race, sex, religion, gender or a DISABILITY
- Intentionally and repeatedly hurting someone physically
- Intentionally stalking someone
- Taking advantage of any power over someone else like a Prefect or a Student Representative.
How bullying can affect individuals:
- Feeling guilty like it is your fault
- Feeling hopeless and stuck like you can’t get out of the situation
- Feeling alone, like there is no one to help you
- Feeling like you don’t fit in with the cool group
- Feeling depressed and rejected by your friends and other groups of people
- Feeling unsafe and afraid
- Feeling confused and STRESSED OUT wondering what to do and why this is happening to you
- Feeling ashamed that this is happening to you
How bullying can affect other people:
- your right to be free from mental, emotional and physical violence
- your right to education
- your right to a safe work environment
- If you know or see someone who is being bullied, check out this fact sheet.
- If you are being bullied, you should talk to someone you know well and trust; they will give you much needed support and will often have suggestions you hadn't considered for helping with the situation.
- You might feel more comfortable taking a friend with you to talk to the bully or when seeking help. If you feel you might get too nervous to speak, write down what you'd like to say on paper or in an email.
- If you feel safe and confident, you should approach the person who is bullying you and tell them that their behaviour is unwanted and not acceptable.
- If you are being bullied while at school, it is a good idea to seek help from a friend, or to talk to a teacher or counsellor to see if they can help.
- If you are being bullied at work, check out this fact sheet.