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.
Bullying can continue over time, is often hidden from adults and will probably continue if no action is taken.Read More >
There is a growing awareness in Australia and other parts of the world about the level and impact of bullying in schools.Read More >
Schools and their teaching staff have a duty to take reasonable care for the safety and wellbeing of students.Read More >
Major international reviews and evaluations have sought to identify the most effective approaches and strategies for preventing bullying.Read More >
Approaches include a heightened focus on relationships, engagement and positive classroom and behaviour management.Read More >
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.Read More >
eSmart Schools is a behaviour-change initiative designed to help schools improve cyber safety and reduce cyber bullying and bullying.Read More >
Student wellbeing and academic success is enhanced when parents are involved in their child's educational journey.Read More >
A number of factors determine whether bystanders will and can act in bullying situations or not.Read More >
More about the DVD resource Asperger's and Bullying: An Inclusive Educational Approach.Read More >
The states and territories have developed their own strategies, policies, tools and advice to schools about bullying.Read More >
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