Responding to incidents of bullying
Ignore it 3 times in a row. 95% of bullying stops if it is ignored 3 times in a row.
If it continues, follow steps 2-5.
2. RECORD IT
Screenshot any evidence of bullying online, or document any incidents in a diary or notepad. Record the names of any witnesses and or bystanders. The eSafety Commissioner’s website explains how to collect evidence. You will need this for evidence if or when you report it.
3. ASK THEM TO STOP IT or BLOCK IT
Ask the person to stop it. Tell them the specific behaviour is mean, hurtful or bullying and ask firmly and respectfully to stop it.
Even if asking them to stop may not change anything, it’s an essential step before reporting it.
If the bullying is online, report it to the social media/site administrators first. Look for a Report abuse button on the social networking site. Once reported the site has 48 hours to remove the content.
4. REPORT IT and BLOCK IT!
Tell a teacher, parent or other adult or friend who can help you. If it is too hard to tell, someone you can report it via email to <firstname.lastname@example.org>; or you can report it anonymously. Go back to the top of this page to make an anonymous report
If it’s happening online and you have reported it to the social networking site:
a. Allow 48 hours for the content to be removed.
b. If the content is not removed within 48 hours, REPORT IT to the eSafety commissioner via esafety.gov.au/reportcyberbullying.
c. BLOCK the person so they cannot contact you.
5. GET SUPPORT
Bullying affects each person in different ways. If you have been bullied or have witnessed bullying you may feel ashamed, alone, unsafe, afraid, stressed, or stuck in a bad situation. It is important to get support to help you feel better and develop strategies to manage the situation.
You can talk to a trusted adult, teacher or your Year Advisor for support, or you can request to see the school counsellor in your home school or Aurora College.
If you can’t talk to someone, you can contact Kids Helpline or call them on 1800 55 1800
If you feel unsafe or physically threatened, call the police.