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Supporting students

The school processes for managing bullying, harassment, discrimination and violence are a key aspect of providing a safe and supportive school environment. Dealing with minor or major incidents in a constructive and supportive manner is critical.

Each schooling system provides guidelines about how schools can best manage incidents. Check the jurisdiction links to find your own schooling system's policy. It is important that these processes are followed. Consistent positive responses by staff make a difference.

If when following school processes you identify issues or concerns to be addressed, inform the appropriate person in the school who manages them.

Key messages for students

Dr Michael Carr-Gregg has some tips for students and teachers about their first responses to bullying.

You can also download the What to do if you are being bullied information sheet and talk through the key messages with students.

Supporting students with disability

What does bullying mean to you? (PDF, 157KB), by Anne Johnston-Oliss from n2y, talks about how teachers can teach individuals with disabilities to identify, stop and communicate about bullying behaviour.

A set of cards using SymbolStix has been developed for use in symbol-supported tools and materials for students with communication needs. The symbol cards could be used to make a communcation aid for students with disability to report bullying.

The two resources referred to in the article are also provided here:

Anti bullying bingo (PDF, 855KB)

Anti bullying T-chart (okay not okay) (PDF, 450KB)

The resources can also be used in the classroom for discussion about bullying, anti-bullying, prosocial behaviours and self advocacy for students.

Support groups and information for students

Young people may like to go to other agencies to get information and ideas for themselves. (These are listed in the students section as well)

Headspace
Information about bullying: Bullying is not simply ‘part of growing up’.
http://www.headspace.org.au/is-it-just-me/find-information/bullying

Real life stories about bullying
http://headspace.org.au/get-info/real-stories-bullying-lavinia-14-wa/

Kids Helpline
True stories from young people about their experiences with bullying, as well as how Kids Helpline has helped them.
http://www.kidshelp.com.au/kids/information/stories/bullying/

ReachOut
General information about dealing with bullying
http://au.reachout.com/How-to-stand-up-against-bullying

Information about identity and bullying related to gender, sexuality and culture
http://au.reachout.com/Wellbeing/Personal-Identity/Gender
http://au.reachout.com/Wellbeing/Personal-Identity/Sexuality

The Line
The Line allows teenagers and young adults to talk to one another about healthy and unhealthy relationship behaviours and how to have and maintain a respectful relationship.
http://www.theline.org.au/

It Gets Better Australia
The It Gets Better Australia campaign was started to show young people the potential and positivity possible in their lives after the difficulty of their teen years. http://www.itgetsbetter.org.au/

Youthbeyondblue
Beyondblue's youth program aims to empower young people aged 12–25, their friends and those who care for them to respond to anxiety and depression.
http://www.youthbeyondblue.com/