"Bullying in schools is a serious problem that can have wide-ranging consequences on physical, emotional and psychological well-being of students"
TED (Treat Everyone Decently) is a program developed by our previous Student Counsellor, Kerry Jarvis. The program is taught to our Year 8 students and aims to promote decent relationships, positive bystander intervention and to minimise the acceptability of bullying. Bullying in schools is a serious problem that can have wide-ranging consequences on physical, emotional and psychological well-being of students. This can impact upon a student's right to learn in a safe environment.
The TED program is specifically aimed at raising awareness about the nature of relationships, combating bullying behaviour and tackling the issue of "bystander behaviour." Bystanders play the most important role in minimising bullying. TED aims to challenge the thinking that stops bystanders from taking positive action. Year 8 students take part in the program by attending a day long retreat following lead-in activities and follow up sessions in Pastoral Care.
During the retreat day away from the College the students participate in a range of activities which help them to identify bullying behaviours, understand the effects bullying has on the individual and learn skills in being assertive when witnessing these behaviours. Bullying is never OK and our students come away from their TED sessions with the skills they require to make a difference themselves within the classroom and the school yard. Our TED program is a whole school commitment to making TMC a safe place for everyone in the community.
The rationale behind our TED program:
- To affirm that students don't want bullying at TMC (prevention)
- To understand TED and how it can help to minimise bullying (prevention)
- To help students understand that they have a CHOICE and how to use problem solving models linked to TED to minimise bullying (prevention)
- To identify the feelings of those affected by bullying and what 'stops' bystanders from taking positive action (intervention)
- To identify what 'starts' bystanders helping and how to apply the CHOICE model to take action (intervention)
- To personally commit to TED and help minimise bullying at TMC (intervention)