Caladenia Primary School has a commitment to providing a safe and supportive learning environment. This includes having a no tolerance approach to bullying within our behaviour management procedures. In conjunction with these procedures, we also endeavour to foster resilience by teaching appropriate strategies for handling bullying situations and developing a stronger sense of self-esteem and confidence.
What is Bullying?
Despite varied definitions, it is generally agreed that three core elements exist in any bullying behaviour. These include:
- A deliberate intent to harm
- A power imbalance between the perpetrator and the victim
- Often repeated behaviour
Factors Contributing to Bullying
- Friendship breakdown
- High achievement (academic or other)
- Differences in physical appearance
- Sexual orientation
- Being new to an area or group
School bullying is a type of bullying that occurs in connection with education, either inside or outside of school. Bullying can be physical, verbal, or emotional and is usually repeated over a period of time.
Tips for Parents
- Ask your child what he or she thinks should be done. What’s already been tried? What worked and what didn’t?
- Seek help from your child’s teacher or the school Administration.
- Don’t encourage your child to fight back. Instead, suggest that he or she try walking away to avoid the bully, or that they seek help from a teacher or other adult.
- Help your child practice what to say to the bully so he or she will be prepared the next time.
- Help your child practice being assertive. The simple act of insisting that the bully leave him/her alone may have a surprising effect. Explain to your child that the bully’s true goal is to get a response.
- Encourage your child to be with friends when travelling back and forth from school or on other outings. Bullies are less likely to pick on a child in a group.
Please refer to our school’s bullying booklet for a “child friendly” way to discuss these issues with you child.