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‘I wish you were murdered’ considered banter by some students

Many Australian students don’t know the difference between banter and bullying, with some saying they joke about wishing their friend would “drown” or “die in a car crash”. More than 800 Australian students aged 11-16 took part in a survey asking about experiences of peer aggression. Almost half (48%) said they had been harmed, very [...]

By |2019-10-22T11:13:06+11:00October 21st, 2019|Categories: Bullying|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

What NOT to say when your child is being bullied

There’s a lot of ‘conventional wisdom’ on the topic of bullying, but a lot of it can be wrong or even actively harmful. So, if your child confides in you that they're being bullied, it's worth thinking hard about the advice you give them. This article outlines some of the common responses to childhood bullying that indicate [...]

By |2019-09-23T18:03:15+10:00September 23rd, 2019|Categories: Bullying|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Youth with a disability face more risk online

Increased digital participation has provided many positives for young people with disabilities, but greater potential risks can also be found lurking online for those who live with a disability, according to latest research from the Office of the eSafety Commissioner. The potential risks – such as exposure to inappropriate content, excessive use, and image-based abuse [...]

Nearly 30% of kids experience sibling bullying – as either bully or victim

Australia has invested an extraordinary amount of time and effort into putting in place bullying prevention programs – especially across schools. But what happens when your bully is your own flesh and blood, and lives with you, so you have no escape? Sibling bullying tends to fly under the radar, in large part because many bullies [...]

By |2019-07-08T09:39:57+10:00July 1st, 2019|Categories: Bullying|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

If your kid is bullied and hurt on school grounds, can you sue the school?

The Victorian state government was recently reported to be investigating whether it could make it easier for bullying victims to sue schools. This was prompted by the case of a 13-year-old boy who had to undergo surgery after being bullied at a private school in 2016. All forms of bullying have the potential to create [...]

By |2019-06-03T13:42:24+10:00June 3rd, 2019|Categories: Bullying|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Not every school’s anti-bullying program works – some may actually make bullying worse

School bullying can have serious consequences for victims including depression, psychosis, self-harm and suicide. With increasing evidence of harm, a groundswell of school anti-bullying programs and campaigns in Australia and internationally have vowed to stamp out bullying. The schools’ intentions are good, but often these programs have not been properly evaluated for effectiveness, and studies [...]

By |2019-05-20T14:58:18+10:00May 20th, 2019|Categories: Bullying|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Online abuse: teenagers might not report it because they often don’t see it as a problem

Protecting children from harm online is high on the political agenda right now. The UK government has set out plans to make social media companies legally responsible for protecting users, and MPs have criticised social media platforms for relying on users to report abuse. This is a serious problem, especially if people who come across [...]

By |2019-05-13T18:39:51+10:00May 13th, 2019|Categories: Bullying, Cybersafety, Social Media|Tags: , , |0 Comments

One in Three Australians Say They’ve Been Trolled Online

More than one in three Australians say they've experienced online harassment, which includes abusive behavior, unwanted sexual messages and intimidation, a new study from The Australia Institute has found. The survey, which asked 1557 Australian workers about online harassment and cyber hate, found more than one in three were targeted - the equivalent of 8.8 [...]

By |2019-02-04T11:37:59+11:00February 4th, 2019|Categories: Bullying, Cybersafety, Social Media, Technology|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Disabled Teens Suffering the Mental Health Effects of Bullying

Almost half of the poorer mental health we see in teenagers with a disability is due to bullying, our new research shows. If we could stop the high levels of bullying that adolescents with a disability experience, we could make a big difference to their health, learning and wellbeing. So school anti-bullying programs need to [...]

‘To the Syrian Refugee — I Say Sorry:’ Bullying Video Revolts World

On a school field in northern England last month, a group of boys closed in fast upon their target. “Hey, Jamal, come here!” the boy in the blue jumper yelled, as others strode beside him, one of them holding a phone aloft to record the pursuit. A young refugee, known as Jamal, was grabbed by [...]

By |2018-12-03T14:40:53+11:00December 3rd, 2018|Categories: Bullying|Tags: , , , |0 Comments