How You Can Be A Good Friend

We are wrapping up this month’s Anti-bullying blog series from the perspective of the friend. We often believe that it is almost as bad to witness bullying and not do anything about it. But if you ask a child, intervening is easier said than done. Many children who witness bullying may be too frightened themselves to intervene or scared for their own wellbeing. So, for those students who don’t like confrontation, how else can you help your friend or a classmate who you notice is being bullied?

There are a few steps that students and parents can work through if instances of bullying take place. This set refers to a situation in which bullying is currently occurring, be it in real life, over the internet or social media.

Step 1: If the victim is in real danger, of course help them if it safe to do so. But if they seem to be dealing with it well, the best option is not to watch. Bullies tend to want an audience, so stick around incase your friend needs you, but do not actively stare at what is going on. Or, if you can, take them away from the situation.

Step 2: Stop any rumours you may hear – There is a tendency to feed gossip that goes around the school yard, if you are passing it on to someone else, you are partly responsible for fuelling the bullying. If you hear something, stop it in it’s tracks. Call it untrue if you know it is untrue and help your friend or peer break the gossiping cycle.

Step 3: Reassure you friend that it will get better – Time heals most, if not all wounds.

Step 4: Be a supportive friend and encourage them to seek help if the bullying is becoming consistent and is troubling for the friend.

Step 5: Ensure they are safe – Sometimes this means you have to make a decision to tell an adult if you feel that the bullying has put them in an unsafe situation, this can also mean that it is becoming harmful to their mental health, not just physical. Sometimes making a tough decision is the difference between your friend coming back strong and your friend breaking down.

If you are unsure about whether someone is being bullied or not, try empathy. Put yourself in their shoes and see how you would feel on the receiving end. If you would feel sad or hurt, there is a good chance that the friend or peer is being bullied.

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I, the undersigned Student, freely and willingly agree to participate in martial art training with Fight Physio Pty Ltd trading as Twins Martial Arts (TMA). I hereby assume full responsibility and liability for all damages, injuries and losses that I may sustain or incur while participating in training at TMA. 

I realise that serious injury is commonplace in martial arts such as the martial arts that I am participating in and that death is a possibility, as remote as it may be. I also realise that if I am injured, I might be disfigured, disabled and/or rendered unable to work again. By participating in martial arts training, I fully accept and assume liability for any and all injuries that I may incur and I expressly waive and agree to hold TMA harmless in relation to any and all claims that I, other students, spectators, or any other person might have for any injury regardless of its nature, or effect as a result of my participation at TMA classes or events held or participated in by TMA. 

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The indemnities and waivers provided in this document shall survive the duration of the event and shall bind me, my heirs, legal personal representatives, successors, and permitted assignees. 

In the event that the Student is under the age of majority, this waiver and agreement shall be signed by a legal guardian of the Student and shall bind the Student and the Student’s legal guardian. 

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1. are rendered with due care and skill; and 

2. are reasonably fit for any purpose which you, either expressly or by implication, make known to the supplier; and

3. might reasonably be expected to achieve any result you have made known to the supplier. 

Under section 22 of the Australian Consumer Law and Fair Trading Act, TMA is entitled to ask you to agree that these statutory guarantees do not apply to you. If you sign this document, you will be agreeing that your rights to sue TMA under the Australian Consumer Law and Fair Trading Act 2012 if you are killed or injured because the services provided were not in accordance with these guarantees, are excluded or restricted to the greatest extent permitted by law. 

NOTE: The change to your rights, as set out in this document, does not apply if your death or injury is due to gross negligence on TMA’s part. Gross negligence, in relation to an act or omission, means doing the act or omitting to do an act with reckless disregard, with or without consciousness, for the consequences of the act or omission. See regulation 5 of the Australian Consumer Law and Fair Trading Regulations 2012 and section 22(3)(b) of the Australian Consumer Law and Fair Trading Act 2012. 


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1. I release from liability, agree never to sue, and hold harmless, to the maximum extent permitted by law TMA, as well as its employees and associates, for any bodily injury or death and for any damage, loss or theft of any personal property which I may incur while on TMA’s premises or which arises from my participation in any TMA activities, regardless of cause, including the alleged negligence, gross negligence, or strict liability of TMA. This includes a release of my rights to sue in relation to the provision of recreational services (as that term is defined in the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) and the Australian Consumer Law and Fair Trading Act 2012 (Vic)) where the services or recreational activities are not provided in accordance with certain statutory guarantees; and 

2. If I or any legal representative on my behalf files a claim or lawsuit arising out of my participation in any TMA activity, I agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless TMA for any damages, legal fees or costs arising out of such claim or lawsuit. 

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