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Date PostedFebruary 19, 2013

Efforts to Stop Bullying from an Early Age

It is no surprise that bullying later on in life often begins with bullying in the school yard. Children who grow up bullying others and left unchecked to continue doing so, grow up to be bullies in the workplace – which is why an initiative in Australian schools aims to tackle bullying at its source, the school  yard.

Schools all over Oz have been asked to participate in the 2013 National Day of Action against bullying and violence. It is important to instill in children the need to be passive and tolerant, rather than aggressive and use bullying to intimidate others.

The awareness day will be held on Friday March 15 and schools all over the country will stand together and say “NO” to bullying.

All schools are being encouraged to participate by the Minister for School Education, Peter Garrett. They can do so by registering for the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence.

On the day, in excess of 268,000 students from about 588 schools will demonstrate what they plan to do to stop bullying in their school and how they plan on raising awareness of this important social issue. It is not just an issue affecting school kids, a number of workers fall victim to workplace bullying each year and in some extreme cases suicides or serious injuries have resulted.

The message of the day will be to say no to bullying in all its forms from cyber bullying online to physical acts of aggression and intimidation.

Schools still have time to register and can do so on the official website. The Stand Together 2013 curriculum materials have been developed for teachers to help students understand how they can help tackle bullying and to teach children the importance of “taking a stand together”.

Read more about the day with the excerpt below taken from SafetyCulture.com.au:

garrett_1-150x150“Registering for the National Day of Action will show that your school is committed to creating a supportive school environment, free from bullying, harassment and violence,” Mr Garrett said.

This is the third National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence and, this year, the winners of the first Safe Schools are Smart Schools competition will be announced.

“The Safe Schools are Smart Schools competition is a way for schools to be rewarded for their great initiatives as well as sharing what works so other schools can implement anti-bullying policies,” he said.

“A primary and secondary school from every state and territory with an outstanding anti-bullying policy or initiative will win a $5000 prize.”

Entries close on March 1 with schools required to show how their anti-bullying policies meet the National Safe School Framework.

The Framework is the first of its kind in the world and offers guiding principles that can help school communities develop positive and practical student safety and wellbeing policies.

This year the Gillard Government is investing almost $4 million to develop online tools and resources for schools to actively adopt the National Safe Schools Framework.

Schools can register for the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence, access resources and information at: www.bullyingnoway.gov.au

Source: http://www.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/02/take-a-stand-together-bullying-no-way-national-day-of-action-against-bullying-and-violence/


Peter Cutforth is a Director at Urban E-Learning, a global elearning and web strategy firm based in George St Brisbane. Peter's interests extend to training, safety and compliance, online marketing, and Mobile Apps.

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