​​ Parents and carers

Parents and other carers have a key role in preventing and responding to bullying.

You can:

  • Learn what bullying is and what it is not. This is the first step in talking about how to prevent or respond to bullying with your child. '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.
  • Talk about bullying with your child at home to make it easier for them to tell you if something happens. Make sure they know what bullying is and how they can respond. Help prepare your children to prevent online bullying and to know what to do if it happens.
  • Start when your child is young to guide them to develop the social and emotional skills they will need to build positive relationships throughout their lives, including problem-solving skills.
  • Recognise the warning signs of bullying. Although there may not be an issue, you should talk to your child if you have any concerns. Raise the topic generally if you don't want to ask directly. Be aware that many times children and young people won't ask for help, so it is important to know what to look for.
  • Learn about how to respond appropriately if your child tells you about bullying. You can reassure your child by remaining calm and being supportive.
  • Find out as much as you can about what has happened by talking calmly with your child. A good understanding about what has happened can also help you in communicating with the​ school about the situation.
  • Read about strategies that can help. Practising strategies at home with your child is a good way to prepare them to use them at school.
  • Contact the school if bullying has occurred and the school needs to be involved. Read about how you and the school can work together to support your child, whether your child was bullied, bullied others, or witnessed bullying.
  • Get involved in what your school is doing to prevent bullying.
  • Learn about relevant state or national laws about bullying.
  • 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.  
  • Find additional assistance if, after working with your child and your school, you need more information or help to address the situation from outside the school.