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Facts about bullying

What is bullying?
Examples of bullying, cyberbullying, harassment and violence.

Why does it happen?
Bullying, like harassment, discrimination and violence can occur to some extent in all primary and secondary schools.

Cybersafety
Teaching your child to be cybersafe will help them to engage with the online world safely and positively and protect them from online risks.

Translated factsheets about bullying
Downloadable fact sheets about bullying are available in the most commonly spoken languages in Australia: Arabic, English, Filipino, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Simplifed Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese and Vietnamese. The fact sheets cover definitions of bullying, harassment and discrimination, key facts and statistics about bullying and violence, types of bullying, and signs of bullying. An information sheet, ‘What to do if you are being bullied’, is also available to use to talk to children about bullying.

Did you know?

One in four Year 4 to 9 students reports being bullied every few weeks or more in Australia
(Source: Australian Covert Prevalence Bullying Study (PDF, 214 KB) May 2009, Edith Cowan University).

Cyberbullying appears to occur more often with older students.
(Source: Australian Covert Prevalence Bullying Study (PDF, 214 KB) May 2009, Edith Cowan University).

Less than one in 10 students reported bullying through technology during a school term.
(Source: Australian Covert Prevalence Bullying Study (PDF, 214 KB) May 2009, Edith Cowan University).