Bullying is when an individual or group repeatedly and intentionally use words or actions against an individual or a group to hurt, abuse, and harass them. This can be quite traumatising for the victim, affecting them emotionally, socially and psychologically as they are made to feel oppressed and powerless.
Bullying can occur in school, the workplace, a sporting club, community organisation or online. A one-off dispute or incident may not be considered bullying behaviour and may resolve itself, however when these incidents become repetitive, they are likely to be classed as bullying and should be dealt with promptly.
If an individual or group is affected by bullying, they should not remain silent but take action. Often victims do not speak up which further provides reason for the bully to continue their inappropriate behaviour. The first step entails action to put an end to the bullying. At Bully Zero Australia Foundation we have strategies to effectively respond to such harmful behaviour. Bullying is now illegal in Victoria and is governed by stalking and harassment laws in other states. Commonwealth legislation also governs stalking and harassment. No one deserves to endure bullying behaviour.
We endeavour to support and educate as many Australians including victims, the bully, their families and friends about the harmful affects of bullying. No Australian deserves to fear attending their school, work, club or community group because of bullying.
Every day across Australia, thousands of children, adults and adolescents are suffering the pain and humiliation of being bullied. It’s estimated that 1 in 5 Australians are bullied. Scars don’t go away and the affects of bullying can be devastating to the victim, their family and friends. The Internet has now made it possible for bullies to take no responsibility for their actions and to continue harassing the victim/s twenty-four seven, providing no reprieve. Cyber bullying is intergenerational and is now becoming difficult to control with perpetrators hiding behind a keyboard to make comments they would not in a face to face situation. The anonymity of cyber bullying allows the bully to write vicious comments leaving behind emotional, rather than physical, scars.
Bullying in all its forms should not be tolerated. The Foundation has a zero tolerance to all forms of bullying!
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