​​Teaching about bullying

Talking and teaching about bullying through everyday opportunities is the best way to make it clear that bullying is never ok.

Talking about bullying means it can't be hidden or overlooked in the busy school or family day. Conversations provide opportunities for students to raise issues that adults may not have noticed, and to discuss concerns before they become long-term and entrenched.​

Working in the classroom requires selecting appropriate teaching resources and a pedagogical approach that incorporates critical thinking and reflection, ​scaffolded questioning, and strategies for responding promptly to any personal disclosures.

Teaching about bullying is ideally part of a comprehensive safe schools curriculum. Learning about feelings, social interaction, diversity, social structures, discrimination, justice, power and conflict provide opportunities to explore the issue of bullying, why it happens and how to prevent it.

Launchpad: Your school's resources for talking and teaching about bullying (PDF, 1.6KB) is a new resource which helps teachers embed teaching about bullying within the curriculum and to create learning environments that reinforce respect and inclusion.

Building on its comprehensive guide of teaching and learning materials, Launchpad has been updated to include an extended professional learning section.  It also provides information on valuing diversity in schools, engaging in bullying prevention all year and a guide to choosing effective resources and programs.

Start early with children at home and in early childhood educational settings by regularly talking about feelings, how to behave and how to get on with other children. Parents and early childhood educators have a central role in fostering positive social and emotional skills in young children.

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