Teachers and early childhood educators can use the information and tools on this site to counter bullying in their school.
what bullying is and what it is not. This is the first step in preventing or responding to bullying. 'Bullying' is a word that is used for lots of things that are not actually bullying. These other behaviours may be just as serious but may require different responses.
- Talk about the value of
diversity with the community and understanding that each individual is unique and brings with them individual differences that should be values and respected.
- Learn to recognise the
warning signs that indicate students may be involved in bullying. Be alert to the specific
subgroups of students that research suggests may be more likely to be involved in bullying.
Talk about bullying before it happens,
through discussion, lessons and other activities, and consider incorporating the topic into other work you are doing.
- Provide students with opportunities to learn and practise effective strategies for responding
if they are bullied and
if they see bullying happening to someone else.
- Tailor teaching strategies and resources to the unique needs of the students and parents within your school setting to ensure that messages about bullying are clearly understood.
- Consider language and/or disability barriers when providing information and make reasonable adjustments to ensure accessibility.
The Allen Adventure into your early years classroom to start the conversation about young children's social and emotional skills.
- Ensure your classroom is a safe place for everyone and that students are clear about what constitutes respectful behaviour.
Discuss ways that everyone can encourage and build positive relationships.
- Think about ways to
involve students in building a positive school climate.
- Work with others to
establish rules and policies so the entire school community knows the expectations related to bullying, and
procedures to report and
investigate bullying if it happens.
- Stay familiar with your
school's policy related to bullying, and know what to do if parents or students
report bullying to you. Know where on your school's website you can find the policy so you can let parents/carers know.
- Know about your obligations under the state and national
laws relevant to bullying.
Respond appropriately when bullying happens. Learn how to stop it, find out what happened, and support all students involved. Dealing with minor or major issues in a constructive and supportive manner will make a difference for everyone.
Avoid adopting practices that research has shown to be ineffective.
high quality teaching resources for the classroom and read about effective pedagogy related to bullying.
- Use the free
National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence lesson plans and other resources on bullying.
- Visit the
Student Wellbeing Hub for information and resources to implement the Australian Student Wellbeing Framework.
- The Student Wellbeing Hub Online Safety for primary students and secondary students provides resources for parents, educators and students about being safe online and making responsible online choices.
Bullying. No Way! focuses on bullying between students. Teachers who are experiencing bullying at school can contact their supervisor, workplace health and safety representative, human resources department or union. Information related to workplace bullying is available at the
Fair Work Commission.