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Bullying facts (click to expand)

  • Approximately one in four Year 4 to Year 9 Australian students (27%) report being bullied every few weeks or more often (considered to be frequent) during the last term at school.
  • Frequent school bullying was highest among Year 5 (32%) and Year 8 (29%) students.
  • 83% of students who bully others online, also bully others offline.
  • 84% of students who were bullied online were also bullied offline.
  • Peers are present as onlookers in 87% of bullying interactions, and play a central role in the bullying process.
  • Hurtful teasing was the most prevalent of all bullying behaviours experienced by students, followed by having hurtful lies told about them.
  • Online bullying appears to be related to age (or access to technology), with older students more likely to engage in cyber bullying than younger students.

(Source: Cross, D., Shaw, T., Hearn, L., Epstein, M., Monks, H., Lester, L., & Thomas, L. 2009. Australian Covert Bullying Prevalence Study (ACBPS). Child Health Promotion Research Centre, Edith Cowan University, Perth).

Violence facts (click to expand)

  • the overwhelming majority of children and young people are not involved in violence either as victims or perpetrators."
    (Source:Commissioner for Children and Young People, Western Australia (2009), Submission to the National Inquiry into the Impact of violence on Young Australians. Submission No 33).
  • While often perceived primarily as perpetrators of violence, young people are in fact at greatest risk of being victims.
  • Young people themselves are concerned about their own personal safety, with about one quarter of young people aged 18–24 years feeling unsafe or very unsafe when walking alone in their local area after dark, and around 1 in 10 feeling unsafe in their homes at night.

(Source: Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia 2010, Avoid the Harm - Stay Calm Report on the inquiry into the impact of violence on young Australians).

Online safety facts (click to expand)

  • 61 percent of 16 to 17 year olds accept 'friend requests' from people they do not know offline.
  • 78 percent of 16 to 17 year olds claim to have personal information such as a photograph of themselves on their social networking profile pages, compared to 48 percent of eight to nine year olds.

(Source: Australian Communications and Media Authority Submissions to the Joint Select Committee on Cyber-Safety. (2011). High-Wire Act).