Safer schools set to take action against bullying
Australian schools will be better equipped to deal with student bullying, with School Education Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth, Peter Garrett, launching the revised National Safe Schools Framework on the inaugural National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence (18 March 2011).
Mr Garrett said the revised National Safe Schools Framework is supported by all Ministers for Education across Australia.
“This Framework will assist schools and school communities to develop a comprehensive response to bullying that makes everyone in the school understand proactive and practical approaches to effective student safety policies.
“Since the National Safe Schools Framework was first made available in Australian schools in 2003, the use of new technologies such as mobile phones and computers has created new avenues for bullying, so our assistance to schools needs to adapt with the times.
“A recent study found one in five children experienced some form of this new type of bullying. This is why the revised Framework takes into account students’ safety and wellbeing in virtual environments.
“I encourage all Australian schools to recognise that student wellbeing and safety are essential for academic development, and to use the Framework to form a plan to combat bullying in the long term.
As part of the action being taken this week to counter bullying, an online campaign, www.takeastandtogether.gov.au has been launched. The website offers interactive activities for students and resources for teachers and parents.
For more information on the revised Framework and supporting resources visit www.safeschools.deewr.gov.au.
For more information on the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence visit www.bullyingnoway.com.au.
Source: Commonwealth Government