There are a variety of resources available for people affected by bullying or harassment. Many websites and helplines are dedicated to informing, helping and providing practical advice on bullying and harassment.
Tips to help your child if they are being bullied or harassed
Sometimes children don’t want their parents to become involved and are afraid of the consequences if they tell you and the person doing the bullying finds out.
Let your child know that telling you about the bullying or harassment was the right thing to do, that you will take the bullying seriously and that you can help.
Stay calm and positive
It can be upsetting when your child is being bullied. You might need to draw on your own networks to get support for yourself while you are helping your child. Focus on identifying a solution with your child.
You'll need to consider what you know about your child and the details of the situation to make the best decision for your child.
Talk with your child
Find out what has happened, who was involved, where it happened and if anyone else saw, read or heard it.
Discuss strategies with your child and set a short period of time to see if they resolve the situation if they want to deal with the bullying themselves.
Encourage your child:
- to walk away
- try to act unimpressed or unaffected
- to use other strategies to diffuse the situation eg agreeing in an offhand way with the bullying when they say offensive or negative things
- to say ‘No!’ firmly
- to talk to the teacher or other staff, eg school counsellor.
If the bullying continues or increases, contact the school.
These steps are also useful if you think that your child:
- has been involved in bullying or harassment of others
- as a bystander, maybe affected by bullying or harassment of others
- as a bystander, has information and is concerned about other students being bullied.
Online help and information
These websites offer help, information and advice about bullying and cyber bullying.
Bullying. No Way! is designed to provide parents and children with access to information about bullying, harassment, discrimination and violence in schools. It contains a mix of games, art, stories, forums, advice and facts about bullying, including cyber bullying.
National Centre Against Bullying gives examples of different types of bullying. You will find advice about cyber-safety and what to do if you know someone is being bullied.
Australian Cyber Security Centre is the Australian government's cyber security website, providing information on steps individuals and families can take to protect themselves online.
Online Safety an online publication by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, details resources available for parents on online safety.
Counselling and support
The following help lines provide support and advice about how to report bullying and harassment.
Phone: 1800 551 800
Youth Beyond Blue
Phone: 1300 224 636
Phone: 1800 650 890
Phone: 1300 364 100
Serious online bullying
The Office of the eSafety Commissioner has a complaint scheme for children and young people experiencing serious bullying online. They can help remove cyberbullying content from a social media or online service.
For free legal advice contact:
Bullying that may be a criminal offence
If you think the bullying involves a criminal offence, you can report the matter to police.
If you feel you’re in immediate danger, contact the South Australia Police on 000.
If you require police attendance, call 131 444.