While it can be hard to see someone being bullied in person or online, it’s even harder to be the person being bullied.
We can all do something to help. We can all be upstanders. An upstander is a person who speaks or acts in support of an individual or cause, particularly someone who intervenes on behalf of a person being bullied.
The Department has come together with Melbourne Football Club, and students from Victorian government schools to send an important message about bullying. The message is: ‘I have your back’.
While it can seem daunting, there are safe ways to be an upstander, online and face-to-face.
Being an upstander
Watch a video where Melbourne Football Club player Max Gawn and students from Malvern Central School talk about being an upstander and the ways we can all come together to take action against bullying.
Upstanders are the real defenders
Watch a video where Melbourne Football Club player Max Gawn talk about how to be an upstander.
Watch a video where Melbourne Football Club players Jack Viney, Max Gawn and Lauren Pearce along with students from Buckley Park College share effective ways to address cyberbullying and be an upstander online.
Watch a video where Melbourne Football Club players Nathan Jones, Neville Jetta and Aliesha Newman along with the Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Inc. (VAEAI) and students from Albert Park College show you how to stand up to racist bullying.
How can you have someone’s back?
There are lots of ways you can have someone’s back and be an upstander. If you know someone is being bullied, you can:
Is being an upstander the same as dobbing?
No. Being an upstander isn’t the same as dobbing. Dobbing is when you deliberately try to get someone into trouble. Being an upstander, and having someone’s back, is about doing something to help someone who is being bullied even if that means telling a teacher or another trusted adult.
Why should you have someone’s back?
There are lots of good reasons why it’s good to have someone else’s back. Not only will you be supporting someone, but you will also be a role model to others.