Here at Brainstorm Productions we are all about helping teachers, parents and leaders to reach out to school age children and help them come to grips with bullying and its destructive results.
This week marks the start of Schoolies Week for NSW and VIC, when thousands of school leavers with enjoy a week long holiday with friends to celebrate the end of high school. Of course, Schoolies Week is meant to be fun – after all that’s the whole point. But to have fun, it’s important to stay safe and knowing some of the precautions can help.
How do you know if your friend or brother or sister is being bullied at school? They may start doing some of these things:
- They’ve started to become too scared to go to school or hang out with friends.
- Want to stay at home all the time
- They have their things stolen or broken or hidden from them.
- Seem to be afraid, nervous, worried, stressed or anxious.
- They’ve become moody or cry a lot
- Can’t concentrate on schoolwork and are falling behind
- Can’t sleep at night and always seem tired
- Get upset or secretive when they check their phone or computer
- Keep putting themselves down
- You see them being hassled or you read mean things about them online.
- You hear rumours about them. Hear nasty comments about them.
What to do if someone you know, your friend, brother or sister is being bullied.
You’re being a bully if you are nasty to someone every day or even every week. It might be straight to their face, behind their back or on-line. (It may have just been one time)
How do you feel when you’re saying or doing nasty things to people?
3- Bad or guilty?
Stop making yourself feel bad, guilty, nothing, scared and nervous!
Is there something more constructive you could do to make yourself feel powerful or excited?
Why do you do it?