On the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence, beyondblue is spreading the message to teenagers and adults alike: “If you see it, call it”.
beyondblue CEO Kate Carnell says we have a responsibility to report any cyberbullying we see on social media.
“It’s not difficult to do. On a Facebook page for example, click the cog, which is often near the like or message button, scroll down to ‘report page’ and choose the reason why you want it reported,” says Kate. “It only takes a minute and you could help prevent real harm to the person targeted.”
A fact sheet on cyberbullying is available from youthbeyondblue.com or by calling 1300 22 4636.
“This is an excellent resource for people who may be experiencing cyberbullying or who may know someone who is,” says Kate Carnell, who wants parents to read it and share it with their teenagers.
And for further reading on this national day of action, we’ve gathered some new posts and a few old favourites about bullying.
It’s not just about switching off: helping kids deal with cyber bullies
Martine from the Modern Parent makes a good point: “When a child gets bullied online, it is our easy answer to say…’turn it off and ignore’. But we are beginning to understand that for many, this is not an option.” Our kids have grown up with Internet. However we feel about it, their social lives are dependent social media and that’s just the way it is. Turn off the Internet, and kids are immediately isolated from friends and peers. So what can they do when cyber bullied?
Shane Koyczan: “To This Day” … for the bullied and beautiful
From YouTube: “By turn hilarious and haunting, poet Shane Koyczan puts his finger on the pulse of what it’s like to be young and … different. ‘To This Day’, his spoken-word poem about bullying, captivated millions as a viral video (created, crowd-source style, by 80 animators). Here, he gives a glorious, live reprise with backstory and violin accompaniment by Hannah Epperson.
Why bully, why? by TwitchyCorner
Blogger Twitchy shares her story about the treatment her 13-year-old autistic son received on his YouTube Channel. It was traced back to a “friend” at school. Her son’s forgiveness of this boy is a lesson in moving on, and the circumstances of how the “bully” came to troll is a lesson in the complexity of a schoolyard’s pecking order.
Australian teen takes to Twitter to fight bullying
We interviewed teenager Dylan Raven when, after having had enough of being bullied and an inactive school, he took to Twitter and the Australian media to tell his story. Dylan is now an ambassador for Headspace.
Don’t peak at high school
This wonderful book shares stories of well known Australians who were bullied in high school. We republished the story of singer Megan Washington, who had a truly terrible time of it, but has been able to funnel her emotions into making powerful music.
Resource: bullying in the teenage years
The Australian Government’s Raising Children website answers questions such as what is bullying, why bullying happens and why some young people are bullying targets. It also advises on how to build your child’s resilience and how to work with your child’s school, and what to do if the bullying behaviour continues.