• Angry mother shares Snapchat video of her 13-year-old daughter being beaten up to shame the school bullies who launched attack • Woodstock High student reports cyberbullying • School shooting suspect wanted to teach a lesson on bullying: Court documents • Boy killed himself after he was bullied for being good-looking, inquest told • GREG WHITBY: HOW TO DEAL WITH BULLYING AT SCHOOL • Parents of academically advanced African-American girl sue Richland 1, citing abuse • Shelby Schools, Foundation, and GOLD team to combat bullying • NY schools to use vaping, bullying detectors • Bullying and Suicide: What's the Connection? • Madison Wilson's friends say bullying victims should speak out • Lawsuit blames schools for bullying, 8-years-old’s suicide • Parents of 12-year-old who committed suicide say school didn't do enough to stop bullying of daughter • Family of bullied girl to sue school district over suicide • Ibaraki school, education board hit for concealing girl’s bullying-linked suicide when probing classmates • Bullied teen finally gets to wear her prom dress after friends throw special party in her honour • Family blame teachers after bullied pupil, 13, killed himself to become third teenager connected to school to die in a year • Scottish schools blighted by “prejudice, bullying and sexual harassment”, says report • Call to 'overhaul' bullying in schools across Wales • Manitoba family suing school division over handling of bullying speaks out • Teeth-grinding in teens 'a sign of being bullied' • School boy died from allergy when ‘cheese was secretly put into his sandwiches’ • Police look into allegations a 14-year-old Asian girl was racially abused outside school gates • Bullied primary school children are falling behind in learning • Weekly schoolyard bullying affects school performance, study finds • EDITORIAL: Community efforts needed to help kids feel safe from bullying • Manitoba family suing school division over handling of bullying speaks out • I know what it's like to be a trans teen at school. Here's how to deal with the bullying • Netizens demand tougher stance on school bullying • Parents blame bullying for third student death in Cape Breton school board • Bikers plan ride in support of a bullied Sydney boy • School bullies who torment their victims with FOOD: Children with allergies are left with facial swelling after being forced to eat peanuts and having milk rubbed on their skin • A British student dies after being bullied for his good grades • Northwich school bullies harassed girl who 'took her own life' • Anti-LGBT Bullying In Schools At All-Time High, Study Finds • Parents say bullying at California elementary school led to son’s suicide attempt • School calls 9-year-old's father who erected anti-bullying sign outside Christchurch school a 'nuisance' • Bullying in Schools: Ruston kindergartener speaks out • Mom says school not doing anything after boys gave daughter concussion • Experts say bullying is getting worse in schools • Mother’s Facebook post about bullying at Colonial Heights school goes viral • New approach cuts school bullying, but 40 per cent of students still report being bullied • Study: Bullying persists in school, reports of sex crime up • Video shows bullies at Cincinnati elementary school kicking, hitting unconscious 8-year-old boy who killed himself two days later • Willard parents looking for answers after they say bullying escalates to tragic ending • Maryland Is Successfully Eliminating School Bullies • Highlands Ranch teen standing up to bullies in her school through silent protests • Bullying: In Schools, by the MSM, or Congress - What’s the Dang Difference? • Bullying may be decreasing in U.S. schools • Bullying forces parents to transfer 10-year-old son to new school • Reports of school bullying increase as Japan confronts high youth suicide rate • School bullying caught on tape sparks police investigation • One in six German school kids regularly bullied: report • Low sign-up for Safe Schools anti-bullying program in Victoria • Controversial Safe Schools dumped for 'more inclusive' anti-bullying program after Federal Government cuts funding to the initiative • Students take action against bullying on Pink Day in Manitoba • Mother of 11-year-old transgender pupil shot at school says teachers 'failed to combat bullying' • Marquette mom urges families to talk about cyber bullying after losing her son to a suicide attempt • Derry school bans use of app linked to cyber-bullying and asks pupils to remove it from all devices • Student sues bullies, school for RM2mil in damages • Cultivating Empathy and Preventing Bullying in Schools • No room for bullying at school • Japan: Anti-Bullying Policy to Protect LGBT Students • Cyber Ethics in the 21st Century • 'A bully has taken my son to death': Heartbroken mother of 11-year-old boy who hanged himself in his closet says her son took his own life because he was being 'pressured to sell drugs' • Man accused of extortion of Amanda Todd sentenced to jail in Netherlands • I don't want to be teased': Why bullied children are reluctant to seek help from teachers • Father releases harrowing photos of his teenage daughter, 16, minutes before she died after she hanged herself to end her online bullying torment • Gay schoolboy found dead in his bedroom weeks after blasting bullies on YouTube • Bullied East Kilbride schoolgirl appears on This Morning and is praised by Phillip and Holly for speaking out • Kate’s therapy after horrific school bullying • Pink Shirt Day provides vital funding for anti-bullying campaigns • Bullying Knows No Boundaries – Lessons Learned from the UK • Teen who was relentlessly bullied kills herself in front of her family • Boy 'driven to suicide by bullies' • Our Children Are Listening To Leaders Who Bully • Another TDSB student speaks out about alleged unchecked bullying at school • Quarter of school children are bullied, mental health service ReachOut says • This 10-year-old motivational speaker can stop bullies in their tracks • Saskatoon votes for further review of anti-bullying bylaw • Do You Know School Bullying? • We need to do more for our children • Bullying Prevention in Schools Starts with Social-Emotional Learning • Prevention and Intervention of School Bullying • Torrence Collier bullying case: RCMP confirmed open criminal investigation • $50-million lawsuit alleges bullying at Penetanguishene school • Oakville guidance counselor attacked with knife at a high school

GREG WHITBY: HOW TO DEAL WITH BULLYING AT SCHOOL

Sep 08, 2017, 14:52:23
By The Daily Telegragh

When I was a school principal, one of the most challenging parts of my role was dealing with the complex matter of bullying.

It is complex because it usually involves many people and often many perspectives. While it is critical schools handle these matters sensitively and in a timely manner, it is also important for parents and students to understand what bullying is.

What may have been meant as lighthearted teasing in the playground or on the sporting field, or a dispute between two friends over access to a computer game isn’t bullying. These comments can be unpleasant, but they not the same as behaviour that is repetitive and involves someone being physically, emotionally or psychologically injured.

Bullying is about someone exerting power over another. Bullying that takes place over a long time can cause serious harm. It impacts on a student’s self-esteem, their ability to focus and learn, and on their relationships with other students and families. The effects of bullying can sometimes last a lifetime.

It is critical young people speak up when the behaviour of others moves beyond something lighthearted to something that is intended to cause injury.

Many schools empower students by giving them strategies to respond to bullying when it occurs. Teaching students how to solve problems, resolve conflict, ask for help, and develop empathy are all ways that can minimise the negative effects of bullying.

While there always needs to be appropriate consequences, punishment is only a short-term fix.

What matters is changing that behaviour, otherwise it is likely to continue, sometimes into adulthood.

The best approach is to try to understand the causes and help the person who is doing the bullying to better understand and realise just how much harm they are causing. The sad fact is that many young people who bully others have been victims themselves.

It is important parents talk to their children about what bullying is and reassure them if they feel bullied, to speak up. Parents and schools cannot do anything to address the issue if they don’t know it is happening.

*Greg Whitby is the executive director of schools for the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta.