Bullying

What is bullying?

Bullying occurs when words or actions are repeatedly used to harm someone’s wellbeing. While there are times when we can all accidentally say or do things that are hurtful to others, it’s important to understand that bullying is a deliberate behaviour. It’s done on purpose to make a person feel intimidated, threatened or powerless, and is often ongoing.

How does it impact your school?

With the increase in social media usage, bullying has extended into students' online worlds, meaning if they're being affected, they sometimes feel like there's no escape from it.

Bullying in schools is a critical issue as it can lead to negative impacts for the person being bullied, bystanders, the person doing the bullying, and the school as a whole. Almost all young people are affected by bullying behaviour, either through experiencing it or engaging in it themselves, or through witnessing someone being bullied.

A whole-school approach recognises the effects of bullying in school, and that all members of the school community play a role in preventing bullying behaviour. Encouraging respectful relationships among students, positive family relationships and support from friends and others can reduce the negative consequences of bullying in schools.

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Classroom resources

Designed to be engaging and relevant to your students.

Bullying prevention & awareness activities for schools

Students will understand what constitutes as bullying and learn to recognise it within their school community.

7-10

60 minutes

Respect - what does it mean to me?

Students will learn how to establish and maintain respectful relationships as a way to prevent bullying.

7-10

60 minutes

Standing up to bullying behaviour

Students will learn some practical strategies for standing up against bullying behaviour in a safe and respectful way.

7-10

60 minutes

Taking action to become a bully-free school

Students will be engaged in whole-school action planning to promote respectful relationships.

7-10

60 minutes

Wellbeing Fives

Energise, refocus and develop wellbeing in your students in 5 minutes.

Where do I feel like I belong?

Students will explore places where they belong as a way to improve their mental health and wellbeing.

7-10

5 minutes

Effective communication skills & strategies to combat bullying

Student will develop effective communication strategies to stand up to bullying through self reflection.

7-10

5 minutes

Connecting with your classmates

Students will learn quick ways to build connections with their classmates.

7-10

5 minutes

Random acts of kindness

Improve student wellbeing through spreading kindness. It is the opposite of bullying, as it helps another person feel good.

7-10

5 minutes

Step up to stop bullying

Students will learn some quick tips for standing up to bullying in a safe and respectful way.

7-10

5 minutes

How talking helps

Students will hear from young people who have experienced bullying and how talking helped them during that challenging time.

7-10

5 minutes

Choose your response

Students will learn some helpful hints on how to respond when they are being bullied.

7-10

5 minutes

Ways to take care of yourself

Students will explore about different ways they can take care of themselves to reduce stress levels and increase positivity.

7-10

5 minutes

Resources for parents and carers

Share with parents and carers to support a whole school approach to student wellbeing.

What to do if your teen is being bullied

Ideas for parents to help their teen understand bullying and the kinds of things that will help them cope and respond.

Help your teen open up about bullying

Ideas for parents to help their teen to open up to teachers, especially about bullying.

Zoe's bullying story

Hear about how Zoe and her mum Anna worked through the impact of cyberbullying together.

Advice from a psychologist: bullying

Psychologist explains the impact of bullying, what to look out for and what parents can do.