Year 7 students at Monbulk College today joined 800,000 students across Australia in making a stand against bullying on the fifth annual National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence.
Visiting Monbulk College, Minister for Education, James Merlino, addressed more than 50 Year 7s on the importance of speaking out against bullying and cyberbullying.
Clinical psychologist and Bully Stoppers expert, Andrew Fuller, ran anti-bullying activities with the students, focusing on how one person taking action against bullying can have wide-reaching effects.
Up to one in five young people experience bullying or cyberbullying, and the rate of cyberbullying is on the rise.
The Andrews Labor Government’s anti-bullying campaign – Bully Stoppers – emphasises that everyone has a role to play in preventing bullying and cyberbullying.
More than 300 Victorian schools registered to take part in National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence activities.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Education, James Merlino
“Bullying is a serious issue that affects up to one in five young people – it can happen anytime, anywhere and to anyone.”
“The National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence is a timely reminder that we need to stand up to bullying and cyberbullying, and be Bully Stoppers.”
“Everyone has a role to play in stopping bullying – if you see someone being bullied, speak up and offer them support, or tell an adult.”
Quotes attributable to clinical psychologist, Andrew Fuller
“When it comes to cyberbullying, generally it’s best not to respond. Save and store the content, and talk to an adult. You can also block or delete the bully from your contact list.”
“If your child is being cyberbullied, it’s good to stay involved. Work out strategies together, and look on it as an opportunity to strengthen your relationship.”
“It’s really important to stay safe online, and think about what you’re posting – check your privacy settings for all social media sites, and before you post something, ask yourself whether you’re comfortable with strangers seeing and sharing it.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020