Last Friday 20 March marked the fifth National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence. Our team at Shine Lawyers is standing behind this campaign in order to create awareness about bullying and violence in our communities.
This annual day is aimed at schools joining the fight against bullying and saying NO to this type of behaviour and a reminder for all members of the community that any form of bullying or violence is not tolerated.
According to Bullying. No Way, approximately one in four students have experienced some level of bullying.
Bullying behaviour peaks in the middle of primary school and early high school and throughout these years, the type of bullying changes.
For younger children, is its more likely that bullying is physical or verbal, whereas as they get older, online or cyberbullying is more prevalent.
This campaign also helps to recognise bullying in other environments, such as workplaces. Most people are unaware of how common workplace bullying is.
According to Bully Blocking, more than one in five people are bullied at work and in industries such as health, welfare, education and government this number is much higher, ranging from 25%, 50% to 97%.
In any environment, it is important that bullying is not ignored and action is taken to ensure everyone feels safe and in order to prevent the situation from escalating.
The best ways to counter bullying are by promoting a positive environment based on values agreed to by everyone in either your workplace or school, intervening early in suspected or identified bullying issues and responding to bullying incidents rather than ignoring them.
Shine Lawyers is standing up for this cause and saying NO to bullying and violence and we encourage everyone to do the same.
If you or someone you know has been affected by bullying or violence, you can visit the Bullying – No Way! Website to get more information or to find out who you can talk to.
Written by Shine Lawyers. Last modified: June 18, 2015.