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Bullying is when someone (or a group of people)
repeatedly and intentionally uses negative words and/or actions against you, which causes you distress and risks your wellbeing. This can happen in a variety of contexts, including via technology (cyberbullying).

Five kinds of bullying:
1. Physical bullying
e.g. hitting, poking, tripping, pushing or damaging someone’s belongings.
2. Verbal bullying
e.g. name calling, insults, remarks focussed on difference and verbal abuse.
3. Social (covert) bullying
e.g. lying, spreading rumours, playing a nasty joke,
mimicking and deliberately excluding someone.
4. Psychological bullying
e.g. threatening, manipulation and stalking.
5. Sexual
Physical, verbal or nonverbal sexual conduct.
Bullying is Not:
• mutual arguments and disagreements,
• single episodes of social rejection or dislike,
• single-episode acts of nastiness or spite,
• random acts of aggression or intimidation.

If you believe your child is being bullied please contact your child’s teacher or the principal immediately.
Things you can do if you believe your child is being bullied:
1. Talk
Start a conversation about being bullied. Try to remain calm so that you encourage further conversation.
2. Listen
Hear the whole story without interrupting. Ask what your child wants to happen before you make any suggestions.
3. Explain
It’s normal to feel hurt. It’s never OK to be bullied, and it’s NOT their fault.
4. Find out what is happening
Ask what, when and where the behaviours occurred, who was involved, how often and if anybody else saw it. Find out if any teachers know and if the school has done something to address the situation.
5. Contact the school
Read the school’s ‘Response to Student Bullying’ (below). Make an appointment to speak to your child’s teacher or the principal as soon as possible.
Be calm! Make a follow-up appointment in a week or two to make sure the situation is being addressed. Under no circumstances take up the issue with the bully yourself.
6. Give sensible advice
Don’t advise your child to fight back.
Don’t explain that the child doing the bullying did not mean it—they did.
Don’t tell them it will go away—it probably won’t.
Don’t let your child stay away from school—it won’t solve the problem.

Once bullying has been identified the following action will be taken:
Action One
The student will be warned officially to stop offending.
An individual action plan is set in place in consultation with the principal and the class teacher.
The parents/carers of the bully and the student(s) being bullied are informed of the behaviour and the action taken.
Options may include exclusion from the playground or other school activities for a period of time deemed appropriate.
The bully and the child being bullied may be involved in a process of mediation .
Action Two
If bullying continues, the action plan is reviewed by the principal with the student, their parents/carers and the classroom teacher. A revised action plan is set in place and relevant documentation completed.
Options may include internal suspensions where the bully is excluded from interaction with other students.
The bully and the child being bullied may be involved in a process of mediation aimed at empowering the child being bullied and helping the bully take responsibility for their actions.
Action Three
If bullying continues the student may be recommended for suspension or permanent exclusion from the school community. This will occur in accordance with the Lismore Catholic Schools Office Suspensions and Exclusions Policy.

Preventing bullying is everyone’s responsibility.

Supporting Resources
National Safe Schools Framework
St Finbarr’s Growing Together as Friends Policy and Framework
St Finbarr’s K-6 PDHPE Resource
Byron Bay Community Health:
Local counselling services: