Bullying for schools

Bullying definition

Bullying is an ongoing misuse of power in relationships through repeated verbal, physical and/or social behaviour that causes physical and/or psychological harm. It can involve an individual or a group misusing their power over one or more persons. Bullying can happen in person or online, and it can be obvious (overt) or hidden (covert).

Bullying of any form or for any reason can have long-term effects on those involved, including bystanders.

Single incidents and conflict or fights between equals, whether in person or online, are not defined as bullying.

Defining bullying Defining bullying

Bullying can continue over time, is often hidden from adults and will probably continue if no action is taken.

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Issue of bullying in school Issue of bullying in school

There is a growing awareness in Australia and other parts of the world about the level and impact of bullying in schools.

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Schools' duty of care Schools' duty of care

Schools and their teaching staff have a duty to take reasonable care for the safety and wellbeing of students.

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Preventing bullying Preventing bullying

Major international reviews and evaluations have sought to identify the most effective approaches and strategies for preventing bullying.

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Managing bullying incidents Managing bullying incidents

Approaches include a heightened focus on relationships, engagement and positive classroom and behaviour management.

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What can schools do? What can schools do?

Reports from school children across a range of countries indicate that interventions by teachers in cases of bullying are commonly unsuccessful, especially with older students.

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eSmart Schools eSmart Schools

eSmart Schools is a behaviour-change initiative designed to help schools improve cyber safety and reduce cyber bullying and bullying.

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Working effectively with parents Working effectively with parents

Student wellbeing and academic success is enhanced when parents are involved in their child's educational journey.

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Mobilising bystanders Mobilising bystanders

A number of factors determine whether bystanders will and can act in bullying situations or not.

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Guidance from your state government Guidance from your state government

The states and territories have developed their own strategies, policies, tools and advice to schools about bullying.

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