Bullying can be done to anyone and can happen anywhere, may it be at schools, at work, at home, or even across the internet through different online platforms, also called cyberbullying in Australia. Bullying is the use of force, threat, or coercion, to intimidate or aggressively dominate others. Behaviours used to assert such domination can include verbal harassment or threats, physical assault or coercion, and such acts may be directed repeatedly towards particular targets. Rationalisation of such behaviour sometimes includes differences of social class, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, appearance, behaviour, body language, personality, reputation, lineage, strength, size or ability. But did you know that even your simple tease with your classmate can be considered bullying? Well, here are other 13 depressing bullying facts Australia that we think we didn’t know and we should know now.
1. Bullying that is done by a group is called mobbing.
2. To prevent bullying from happening to their children, more parents are now allowing their kids to undergo plastic surgery (repairing parts of the body with imperfections).
3. Girls are now becoming more physical, according to new research unlike previously, they tend to use more indirect, emotional forms of bullying.
4. School bullying can happen in many areas of the institution, from the bathroom (12.2%), gym class (19.5%), cafeteria (23.4%), hallway (29%) but bullying commonly happens in the classroom (29.3%).
5. It has been reported that students have claimed that teachers intervened in any bullying acts at school for only 25% of the time but teachers have stated that they intervened 71% of the time.
6. Bullying can simply become an offense, according to disability, harassment, civil, and criminal laws.
7. Substance abuse, shoplifting, truancy, and vandalism are most likely the activities where bullies tend to engage with.
8. According to research, 6th grade is the worst year for bullying and that bullying usually develops in the later years of elementary school, grows in middle school, and then vanishes by high school.
9. Children as young as 5 could be bullies themselves if they continually observe bullying without the parents or adults guidance and care.
Knowing these bullying facts Australia, there can’t be any reason for you to not to care when it comes to bullying. A simple tease to physical abuse, someone should care and stop bullying before it’s too late. Whether you’re a parent, a teacher or part of the school administration, you should help in preventing bullying and any other types of bullying at school. If you have noticed something different with your class or children, talk to us and submit complaints as we will help you to end this rampant problem. Don’t be a bully, help save lives and prevent bullying now!