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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Designed to be engaging and relevant to your students.


Understanding bullying

Students will understand what constitutes bullying, its impact and how to access support.


60 minutes

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