Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Community Safety Covert Bullying Cyber Bullying Neighbourhood Watch Uses Social Media Herald Sun Feb. 10th 2015 Vigilantism Stalking Surveillance Hyper-Vigilantism

I have concerns now that Victoria Police is no longer involved in Neighbourhood Watch Victoria Inc.​ especially since Neighbourhood Watch is using Social Media.

VicPol has standards and guidelines and community safety expertise and is accountable to those standards and guidelines. 

What accountability to standards and guidelines do Neighbourhood Watch volunteers have?

Are people aware that it is covert bullying and cyber-bullying to spread lies and rumours on the Internet and that this is a Federal Crime in Australia with a maximum penalty of three years Imprisonment? 

Everybody has the right to feel safe. 

"Most damaging (of covert bullying) is TURNING THE VICTIM INTO A  SOCIAL "UNDESIRABLE"...

The covert nature of the aggression LEAVES THE VICTIM WITH NO FORUM to refute the 

accusations and, in fact, attempts to defend oneself leads to an escalation of the aggression."  

(Psychology Today 3.9.11)

This is not Rule of Law!

Pete Dowe

Spreading lies and rumours is covert bullying. 

But, if you give up, what you may think is your right to spread lies and rumours about someone else, 

you can live with protection that no-one can spread lies and rumours about you

Pete Dowe

Bullying means behaviour, typically repeated, 

that is intended to cause or should be known to cause fear, intimidation, humiliation, distress or other harm 

to another person's body, feelings, self-esteem, reputation or property, and can be direct or indirect, 

and includes assisting or encouraging the behaviour in any way.

Covert bullying, which is often harder to recognise

and can be carried out behind the bullied person's back. 

It is designed to harm someone's social reputation and/or cause humiliation. 

"I think it better to use the words (bullying) "typically involving a power imbalance".

I say this because the bullying itself may have created a power imbalance where none existed before... 

it is the effect on them that creates the power imbalance 

in favour of those doing the bullying which did not exist before."

Remember, part of their power comes from anticipating what you will say and loving the idea of being right. 

When you surprise them by showing no emotion,  looking them in the eye (conveying no fear) and by NOT walking away until the power is even again, then they are at a loss. Keep that up a few times and the person who bullies will likely find a new target. 

"...indirect (or covert or relational) bullying (or social aggression)

(e.g. rumour spreading, isolation and social seclusion which is more hidden)."


A further aspect of using the peer group as a method of bullying is the opportunity for rapid transmission

of emotions and behaviours through a crowd, diffusing the level of individual responsibility [184], so that

each member feels less responsible for the victimisation, a process referred to as 

‘social contagion’

[185]. This has the added advantage that if the aggressive act is carried out by a single peer, the person

bullied may feel that it is just that particular person who does not like him/her, whereas if the entire group

engages in the activity, the person being bullied is likely to feel that everyone hates him/her and that this

is due to his/her own personal failings [139].

Edith Cowan University 2009

"Until fairly recently, there were no sounds associated with female aggression -- as if it didn't exist.

It's only in the last decade or so that aggression by the female -- in the form of social or relational aggression -- has been recognized.

 The words now associated with female aggressive behavior include: 

excluding, ignoring, teasing, gossiping, secrets, backstabbing, rumor spreading and hostile body language (i.e., eye-rolling and smirking).  

Most damaging is turning the victim into a social "undesirable". 

The behavior and associated anger is hidden, often wrapped in a package seen as somewhat harmless or just a "girl thing".  

The covert nature of the aggression leaves the victim with no forum to refute the accusations 

and, in fact, attempts to defend oneself leads to an escalation of the aggression." 

(Bullying in the Female World

The Hidden Aggression Behind the Innocent Smile)

 Psychology Today  Sep. 3rd 2011


With the growing data indicating that, for both boys and girls, 

covert forms of bullying are likely to ‘cause the greatest amount of suffering, 

while they have a greater chance of going unnoticed by teachers’ [122], 

it is clear that the old saying 

‘sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never harm me’ 

is not only inaccurate, but is also dangerous 

in that it has marginalised the importance of covert bullying 

in the context of school bullying policy and teacher awareness. 

"...may have had an isogenic effect, forcing students to find more covert forms of bullying [108]. 

Borkqvist [109] used the term the ‘effect-to-danger ratio’ 

to suggest that in inflicting harm on another person or group of people, 

individuals look for forms of bullying that will have the greatest effect 

while minimising their risk of being caught or placed in danger."

Edith Cowan University 2009



Sunbury Neighbourhood Watch group turns to social media to combat crime

Sergeant John Letchford and co-ordinator of new Neighbourhood Watch Group, Ben Riley. Pic
Sergeant John Letchford and co-ordinator of new Neighbourhood Watch Group, Ben Riley. Picture: Josie Hayden

A NEW Sunbury Neighbourhood Watch group has turned tech-savvy to help police reduce crime.
The group last week launched Facebook and Twitter pages and will also partner community initiatives such as Safe Plate Days and other awareness campaigns in shopping centres, schools and sporting clubs.
Co-ordinator Ben Riley said the Neighbourhood Watch still had an important role despite the demise of dozens of groups over the last decade.
TELL US: Are you part of a Neighbourhood Watch team? Does your group use social media?
“With technology increasing so quickly, especially social media, the days of a once-a-month committee meeting in a hall is probably over,” he said.
“Our group will have an active Twitter and Facebook presence and here we will be updating the public on police investigations or where the public may be able to assist.
“Meetings can be run electronically and I’d really like to see enthusiastic people who want to get involved in the community get on board.”
Mr Riley, who has lived in Sunbury for four years, said he wanted to live in a community where people were interested in their neighbours and kept an eye out for their community.
“I just like the idea of assisting­ police, there are only so many coppers and there are a lot of eyes in the community,” he said.
Sergeant John Letchford said Sunbury police would benefit from the group.
“Sunbury is very close-knit and we have seen the assistance­ of the community help us on numerous occasions including drug investigations and armed robberies,” he said.
“Having a Neighbourhood Watch will give residents another valuable resource that assists police work and helps the community.”
Neighbourhood Watch Victoria chief executive Gill Metz said there were more than 7000 volunteers in neighbourhood watch programs across 38 municipalities.


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