Today is the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority’s key messages for the day are:
•Don’t be a bystander—report for your friends.
•What kind of friend are you online?
•Protect, take a stand, support!
Seems pretty fair advice to me. Of course nowadays people are concentrating on online or ‘cyber’ bullying, but lets not forget that bullying happens in every environment. Online communication and video only captures and preserves bullying, and so it can seem more prominent. Hopefully online bullying can be contained better than physical bullying by education and peer support.
The websites available are aimed at young people, but unfortunately bullying happens at every age and in every institution, and is just as likely in an old person’s home as in a school. Libraries are certainly not immune, and as this old news story shows, library staff can be the subject of bullying by scum.
So let us all fight bullying, by doing what the day advises which is ‘stand up and speak out’