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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Forms of bullying Forms of bullying

There are many forms of bullying that can take place in the school environment.

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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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Evidence-based approaches to bullying in Australian schools Evidence-based approaches to bullying in Australian schools

Bullying Solutions, edited by Adjunct Prof Helen McGrath and Prof Toni Noble, explores the issues of bullying in Australian schools as well as providing practical tools for action.

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Bully Stoppers program Bully Stoppers program

The Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development funded Bully Stoppers website.

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Cyberbullying, online relationships and safe practices Cyberbullying, online relationships and safe practices

A series of articles from Education Technology Solutions around the emerging issues of cyber bullying, online relationships and safe practices.

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Video resource by Fahan School Video resource by Fahan School

NCAB congratulates Fahan School in Tasmania on their eSafety video Our Promise - a great resource for schools to utilise or use as inspiration to create their own.

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What is bullying for schools area about?

The Bullying for schools section explains what bullying is and the signs to look out for. This section provides some helpful resources that teachers can use to get the conversation going, and make sure that they are providing a safe environment for children to learn in.

Bullying for schools goes through many topics, ranging from how to identify the behaviour to how to work with parents to modify those behaviours.

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