Category Archives: Bullying

I am sorry for being rude and for hurting your feelings

I've cried a river over rude commentsTHIS week an email I sent made someone feel so badly they wanted to quit their job. The words I typed before I hit ‘send’ made them feel so badly about themselves, about their work that they wanted to stop doing it. When I think about that, even as I write this, the idea of it is so upsetting, so deeply saddening… well, it makes me cry.

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Bystanders should get involved to beat bullying

Courage to Care is a campaign to stop bullyingTHERE have been all kinds of reactions to the photos of Nigella Lawson with her husband allegedly squeezing her throat and choking her in a restaurant in London last week. A Twitter furor erupted that nobody at the restaurant intervened. Would you? Honestly? A campaign is now urging bystanders to get involved when you see a wrong being perpetrated. Continue reading

Trolls and other nasties living online

Don't feed the trolls!Charlotte Dawson has battled depression for years, according to last night’s 60 Minutes. And so when a vile Twitter campaign, hashtagged #dieCharlotte, launched she was ill equipped to deal with it. There have been two main reactions online to what has been reported as a suicide attempt resulting from online attacks. The first one points to a causal relationship between Dawson’s comments and the reaction she drew from trolls. The second is for everyone to quietly batten down the hatches and take a harder line on bad behaviour.

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Playdates tackle bullying

Last Friday we had our first school friend over (complete with Mum and sibling) for a playdate. I invited them over because for the first few weeks of Fin’s Prep experience we only ever heard about Billy (not his real name) this and Billy that. Most lunchtimes were spent sitting next to Billy and I was even pestered to buy the same things for the lunchbox that Billy was bringing to school (namely, those squirty yoghurts, which I bought once and never again).

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Asked point blank, I lied. Was I wrong?

A very old school friend rang the other day for a catch-up and a bit of advice. We both have kids the same age and the eldest have commenced Prep this year, but in different schools, although both state schools. “There’s a bit of an issue that’s sprung up in Billy’s (not his real name) class and I don’t know what to do,” she said.