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Bullying prevention – educator tools and resources

These tools and resources support educators to prevent bullying in South Australian schools.

Some resources can only be accessed by government schools, but most are open to all 3 sectors. This includes:

  • Department for Education
  • Catholic Education South Australia
  • Association of Independent Schools of South Australia.

Professional development about bullying prevention

You can login to plink to access the training about bullying prevention: effective practices for recognising and responding to bullying behaviour.

This training supports all staff to broaden their knowledge and skills.

You can learn how to:

  • support positive and respectful behaviour
  • create safe and inclusive school environments
  • identify bullying behaviour
  • use effective practices to address behaviour concerns when they happen.

Educator tools and videos

These tools and videos help educators to teach and support students:

Diversity and inclusion: video and guidance

You can use this video to:

  • promote respectful behaviours in your school
  • respond to bullying incidents.

You can use this video with primary or secondary students.

Diversity and inclusion video transcript

(calm music)

How would I describe myself?

I am a caring person.

I like to think that I'm funny. (laughs)

Energetic, I don't know.

Happy.

Small.

Shy.

Well, what makes me me?

The things that have shaped who I am today is experiences.

My friends and family.

Probably my background or culture that I'm from.

Diversity means

Well, it can mean lots of different things.

Religions.

Disability.

Gender.

Economic backgrounds.

Nationality.

Sexuality as well.

All of us are different in our own ways.

I've got over 10 different backgrounds and even though I have dealt with discrimination, it's still something that I have always been proud to be.

A stereotype is something that society has moulded us into thinking is correct.

It's a generalisation based off someone's characters that are unrelated.

They will put that thing that that person said against the whole culture, instead of just being that one person.

I don't think most people mean to do it or have any malicious intent.

I mean, if everyone was the same and everyone loved the same thing or just had the same personality that would be boring. 'Cause I mean, in this school you get to meet so many different people.

Inclusion is important because you should make everyone feel comfortable and everyone needs to feel loved and supported.

I've had times where I feel really lonely and I just don't know who to turn to. There's all these mixed emotions, is it my fault? Is it their fault? Should I be angry at them or should I be angry at myself?

When you're included, it feels like you are finally accepted for who you are and who you were born as.

I didn't know anyone, it was nice to have someone to talk to.

I think it just makes me feel like I'm part of this community and this school.

I have good friends, I have a good environment around me and I smile.

We can make everyone feel included.

By actually talking to them or getting to know them before you make a judgement on them.

There's so many things that you can just say that will make that person feel included.

Maybe just keep an eye out.

Just go up to them and say hi, even if that just makes their day.

If it's just a little smile at someone.

No matter how you look, what you believe or what things you've gone through in your life, you're just as great as everyone else.

(calm music)

End of transcript.

You can also use the diversity and inclusion: guidance for teachers (PDF 47KB).

This guide has:

  • practical ways teachers can create an inclusive environment in their classrooms
  • conversation starters for discussing diversity with students.

Racist bullying: video and guidance

You can use this video to:

  • promote respectful behaviours in your school
  • respond to an incident of racist bullying.

This video can be used with primary or secondary students.

Racist bullying video transcript

Alexa: My name’s Alexa.

Kiera: Kiera

Seth: Seth

Isis: My name is Isis.

Unnamed child 1: I believe that bullying

Seth: Is when somebody knows that what they’re doing is upsetting or damaging to you.

Isis: Using any power you have over someone in a negative way.

Kiera: It can be many different things. I mean, at the moment there’s a lot of social media bullying.

Isis: There’s also verbal.

Seth: There’s physical bullying.

Unnamed child 1: Mental bullying.

Unnamed child 2: Gaslighting, that kind of stuff.

Isis: Because of, like, what my name is brought up with on the news about like terrorist attacks, that’s usually the main thing, about… me.

Alexa: The first time I wore my hair like this, lots of people were like looking at me.

Kiera: Because I was Greek, I got teased coz I was different from everyone else.

Alexa: They said stuff like mushroom head, because it’s kind of like, goes around like that.

Seth: Racism is

Isis: Taking someone of a different race or religion and discriminating them for it.

Alexa: I felt kind of upset, like I didn’t want to wear my hair like this anymore, like I should just wear it like everyone else.

Kiera: I thought I was small and insignificant, and that I didn’t have the right to sit with anyone else coz I was different.

Seth: I think mostly people bully other people because

Isis: Their own insecurities, it could be because they feel threatened by someone else.

Alexa: If they just knew what, like, how beautiful every culture is, then they would probably stop being racist towards other people.

Kiera: Just stop, I mean what made you do that.

Unnamed child 2: You need to realise that it’s actually hurting people.

Alexa: You can’t change the colour of your skin, you can’t change like the texture of your hair.

Seth: It is never okay to bully someone.

Isis: Just never turn a blind eye to someone being teased or bullied, because even if it’s just like, one nasty little comment, they don’t know how long it’s being going on for or how deeply it can hurt someone.

Unnamed child 2: Try to go up to them and talk to them. I would try and stick up for them.

Kiera: First I would probably say go to a friend, and, coz then you’ll have someone to support you. Go to a teacher and a principal, or like a supervisor.

Isis: Just talk to people about it, share what you’re feeling, because there are always people who can support you and help you.

End of transcript.

You can also use the racist bullying: guidance for teachers (PDF 48KB).

This guide has conversation starters to help lead discussions about:

  • racism
  • stereotypes and biases
  • cultural diversity.

Bullying prevention lessons

You can login to plink to access the training about bullying prevention lessons: South Australian laws about bullying, cyber bullying and online safety.

You can use these lessons for students in years 4 to 12.

The lessons look at topics like:

  • bullying
  • cyberbullying
  • bullying and sexual harassment
  • abusive photos and videos
  • sex and sexting.

Each lesson includes:

  • a PowerPoint presentation to show to students, with speaking notes
  • a student worksheet that details the activities
  • teaching materials to supplement the speaking notes.

Changing the physical environment to reduce bullying

The physical school environment can help reduce bullying. Design changes to reduce bullying might involve:

  • increasing opportunities for playground social interaction
  • public showcasing of school values
  • eliminating blind spots.

Schools can use this guide to make changes to school grounds to:

  • reduce unsafe behaviours
  • increase positive behaviours.

Download the protective physical environments that reduce bullying A3 placemat (PDF 2.1MB).

Guides to share with parents and carers

Schools can print and give these guides to parents and carers to help them support their children to be safe and responsible users of digital technology.

Cyberbullying

Online safety

Responding to cyberbullying and online safety incidents: guidelines

Schools can use these guidelines to respond to cyberbullying and online safety incidents involving children and young people.

These guidelines will help schools:

  • respond consistently and proportionally to online behaviours of concern
  • recognise which online incidents need to be escalated for additional supports
  • identify which online incidents need cross sector and interagency coordination.

Resources for government schools

Department staff can access these resources:

Online policy tool for schools

All government schools must have a local bullying prevention policy (staff login required).

School leaders can create custom bullying prevention policy and plans with the online policy tool for schools (staff login required).

Schools can:

  • use evidence-based strategies to plan how your school will prevent and reduce bullying
  • use the staff survey to decide which strategies work best for your school
  • create and monitor actions.

National resources

These external links provide a range of tools and resources that you might find useful:

Bullying. No Way!

Bullying. No Way! has bullying and bullying prevention advice for children and young people, their families and teaching resources for educators.

National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence

Bullying. No Way! is home to the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA). NDA supports schools and their communities to find practical and lasting solutions to bullying and violence. The event is held on the third Friday of March every year.

eSafety

The eSafety Commissioner (eSafety) is Australia’s national independent regulator for online safety. They offer advice, teaching resources and training to help parents, carers, schools and pre-schools.

eSafety can receive complaints about serious cyberbullying and image-based abuse that happens to children and young people. In response to serious reports, eSafety can request that the online site remove the offensive content.

ThinkUKnow

ThinkUKnow is an Australian Federal police led program. It operates in partnership with State and Territory police and industry partners. The program has information about online safety and child sexual exploitation.

Student Wellbeing Hub

The Student Wellbeing Hub is the home of the Australian Student Wellbeing Framework. It is an evidence based tool that supports schools to become communities that promote safety, wellbeing and learning.

Engagement and Wellbeing

Email: education.engagementandwellbeing [at] sa.gov.au