“It would be naive to think you have never been bullied”

Dominique Scherer – Co-founder of BULLYOUT

About Us

History

We are a group of three businessmen from various industries Law, Accountancy and Hospitality with over 80 years business experience between us, who have formed a company which develops technological ideas. Our ideas are brought into reality by virtue of our partnership with a software development company named Fligno. Our reach is far and encompasses various industries including local, interstate and global. Our company Jardine Holdings Pty Ltd was named after the Jardine River in Far North Queensland.  The Jardine River commences as a small stream and meanders to the coastline of Cape York where it exits into the Coral Sea, symbolic of our ideas, which may start small but grow into an ocean of technology.

 

Our Vision

Our vision of Jardine is to develop software, which not only brings ideas to life, but provides assistance to our clients in a simple and positive manner.  Bullying is very prevalent within our society. BULLYOUT offers a software platform, through which victims can record and later report to the appropriate authority, at the same time remaining anonymous.  One of the main focus points of BULLYOUT is to address the spiralling forms of cyber-bullying as it occurs in so many formats. This can be performed by the user anonymously so that only the user and the recipient of the complaint, know.  BULLYOUT is able to record and upload incidents of bullying to nominated bodies who are later able to assist the person being bullied.

 

Forms of Bullying

In different contexts bullying can take place anywhere in society

Cyber-bullying, disability, gay, legal, military, parental, prison, Government services (police, fire, ambulance) school (students), sexual, transgender, workplace (academic, blue collar, information technology, legal, medicine, nursing, teaching.)

 

Definition of Bullying

Bullying is the use of force, threat, or coercion, to intimidate or aggressively dominate others.  The behaviour is often repeated and habitual.  One essential prerequisite is the perception by the bully or by others, of an imbalance of social or physical power, which distinguishes bullying from conflict.  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.  If bullying is done by a group, it is called mobbing.

Bullying in Australia can be defined in many different ways.  Bullying is divided into four basic types of abuse –emotional (sometimes called relational), verbal, physical and cyber.  It typically involves subtle methods of coercion, such as intimidation.

 

Types

Individual bullying in Australia can be classified into four types.  Collective bullying is known as mobbing, and can include any of the individual types of bullying.

Physical, verbal, and relational bullying are most prevalent in primary school and could also begin much earlier whilst continuing into later stages in individuals lives. It is stated that cyber-bullying is more common in secondary school than in primary school.

Effects

Mona O'Moore of the Anti-Bullying Centre at Trinity College in Dublin, has written "There is a growing body of research which indicates that individuals, whether child or adult, who are persistently subjected to abusive behavior are at risk of stress related illness which can sometimes lead to suicide".  Those who have been the targets of bullying can suffer from long-term emotional and behavioural problems.  Bullying can cause loneliness, depression, anxiety and lead to low self-esteem and increased susceptibility to illness.  Bullying has also been shown to cause maladjustment in young children, and targets of bullying who were also bullies themselves exhibit even greater social difficulties.

 

Bullying is so rampant now, not just in Australia but across the globe. There are bullying in the workplace, at school and even on the internet which is commonly called as cyber-bullying. People are asking, "Why do people bully?" does it make them feel any better? We should put an end to these bullying and support anti-bullying campaigns now! Together with Bullyout, let us prevent bullying!