One in four Australian children bullied at school.

Posted: October 1, 2012 by cussbooks in Deakin University, Education, Health, Social Issues

Australian school students are bullied at almost twice the rate of their international counterparts.

But Australian schools are dubbed ‘among the safest places in the community for children and young people’.

I asked Angela, a primary school teacher South East of Melbourne, what teacher’s are doing to
create a safe environment.

A study commissioned by the Federal Government found approximately 1 in 4 Australian students between years 4 and 9 were being bullied at school.

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development’s Building Respectful and Safe Schools (2010) identifies four types of bullying.

•Physical bullying
•Verbal bullying
•Covert bullying
•Cyber bullying
So why do children engage in bullying behavior?
The Alannah and Madeline Foundation states:

‘Often young people have no particular feeling towards those they bully,

but use it as a way to get or keep a social position or power within their group.

Some people bully to prevent it happening to them.’

Bullying is a global issue.

American director Lee Hirsch recently released the documentary film Bully ‘an unflinching look at how bullying has touched five kids and their families’.

The documentary paints teachers and authorities as ill-equipped to deal with this phenomenon.

•The Australian federal and state governments have come together to pool resources and form campaigns such as Bullying No Way, to ‘take a stand together’ and promote safe school environments for students.
•A National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence was established in March 2011 by the Federal government to further promote these resources.
Approximately 4 million dollars has been invested by the Australian government for on-line anti-bully toolkits. These will be made available to the wider
community as well as school teachers.

I spoke to Javette, a primary school teacher on the Mornington Peninsula, to discover what assistance the government currently provides to schools.

Facebook, twitter, you tube, and smart phone camera and video devices have added a new dimension to bullying.

Victim, bully and student responsible for recording incident get suspended.

Parents and caregivers can respond to reports of bullying by:

•Finding out what happened
•Contacting the school
•Giving sensible advice

Victims and bullies need patience and understanding to help them work through the feelings and behaviours associated with bullying. It affects families from all walks of life, and families from all walks of life must come together to put an end to bullying.

Every child has the right to feel safe at school.

No schools have been identified in the interest of privacy.

Copyright Laura Snow.

This article is not to be used for further study or investigation, and is intended as a university assignment only.


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