We all do our bit in promoting anti bullying pledges and photos on social media platforms when it comes to National Days of Action (16 March). There are loads of helpful resources on websites and community organizations doing their bit to spread the support and deliver services to schools and communities wanting to help students and their families how to manage situations when they are victims and parents of the bully reaching out for help too.

The cost of bullying

PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting (Australia) Pty Limited (PwC) was engaged by the Alannah and Madeline Foundation (AMF), with funding from the Victorian Department of Education and Training, to conduct an economic impact analysis of the cost of bullying in Australian schools, and Victorian schools specifically. The objective of report was to identify and quantify, to the extent possible, the breadth of the impacts of bullying across student and adult life. The analysis will be used to raise awareness about the impacts that bullying has in the community and to facilitate discussions amongst key stakeholders to further investigate the issue. For further information see the National Centre Against Bullying website.

AMF under the banner of the eSmart initiative they are running a competition to extract examples of how current eSmart schools are engaging parents in the discussion of Cyber Safe Families , see their website for all the details & there are prizes to be won for the school!

Your views

Parents Victoria (PV) is a Victorian education stakeholder so we seek your viewpoints and suggestions in preparation for the future discussions with Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET).

For your action

At home

Keep the communication on this topic live in your household and remind your own children the importance of being kind, standing up for others and if not safe to do so report any incidents to an adult immediately and of course the school.

At school

Read the recent Report and list as a discussion item at your Parent Club meeting with view to provide your School Council / School management any recommendations from a parent perspective – revisit the school policy, making sure families know who is the 1st contact point to report any incidents, is there a positive strategies reinforced to ALL students on how to navigate a situation they find themselves in as a victim or a bystander. If you’re an eSmart school enter your school in the eSmart cyber safe families competition.

At State level

Send PV your feedback, comments and examples of your actions and ideas we can share with DET when revising their Bully Stoppers resources.


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