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This teacher guidance and video can be used to:
- promote respectful and inclusive behaviours, or
- in response to bullying incidents.
How would I describe myself?
I am a caring person.
I like to think that I'm funny. (laughs)
Energetic, I don't know.
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.
Well, it can mean lots of different things.
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 persononality that would be boring. 'Cause I mean, in this schoolyou 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.
This teacher guidance and video can be used to:
- help create an inclusive classroom
- respond to racist bullying
- support students to develop their intercultural understanding
Alexa: My name’s Alexa.
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.
Evidence suggests the physical school environment is an important way to reduce bullying. Design changes to reduce bullying might involve increasing opportunities for playground social interaction, public showcasing of school values, or eliminating blind spots.
Schools can use this guide to make changes to school grounds to:
- reduce unsafe behaviours
- increase positive behaviours
Students in school environments that have protective design features have reported:
- increased feelings of wellbeing and safety
- lower incidents of bullying and unsafe behaviours
- lower incidents of missing school due to concerns about safety.
Schools can print and give these guides to parents and carers to help them prevent and respond to cyberbullying and support their children.
- Cyberbullying: the signs (PDF 34KB)
- Cyberbullying: parents and carers guide (PDF 45KB)
- Cyberbullying: what parents and carers can do (PDF 49KB)
These guides are also available as webpages in the cyberbullying support section.
Schools can print and give these guides to parents and carers who want to support their children to be safe and responsible users of digital technology.
- Online safety: supporting safe and responsible use (PDF 55KB)
- Online safety: talking with your child about online risks (PDF 56KB)
- Online safety: what to do when your child has an online problem (PDF 53KB)
These guides are also available as webpages in the online safety support section.
In 2018 a conference and workshop was held about keeping children safe in schools and the community. It focused on a community approach to reducing the impact of bullying on children and young people.
Bullying. No Way!
Bullying. No Way! provides information on bullying and bullying prevention for children and young people, their families and educators. On their web page you can find:
- resources for creating safe and supportive learning environments
- teaching resources
- professional development about responding to parent and carers
- Bullying is Never OK! video with activities and fact sheets for primary and secondary schools.
The eSafety Commissioner (eSafety) is Australia’s national independent regulator for online safety. eSafety provides online safety information and guidance through their website and offers educational resources and training to help parents, carers, schools and pre-schools.
- Toolkit for Schools - resources to help schools create safer online environments
- classroom resources aligned with the Australian Curriculum
- trusted eSafety Providers program - supports schools to select online safety providers to deliver programs
- webinar based training - for teachers and teaching support staff.
Make a report about serious cyberbullying or image-based abuse
eSafety receives complaints about serious cyberbullying and imaged based abuse for children and young people.
In response to serious cyberbullying and image-based abuse, eSafety may:
- request the online site remove the offensive content
- offer advice, assistance and resources
- work with the school and parents/carers to help stop the cyberbullying.
ThinkUKnow is an Australian Federal police led program, developed and operated in partnership with State and Territory police and, industry partners. The program provides information and education for the whole school community about online safety and child sexual exploitation.
- state police facilitated presentations for the whole school community
- fact sheets, home learning and family activities for parents and carers to use
- curriculum resources for educators, includes resources for children under 5 years.
Student Wellbeing Hub
The Student Wellbeing Hub is the home of the Australian Student Wellbeing Framework, an evidence based tool that supports schools to become communities that promote safety, wellbeing and learning. The site contains:
- resources to support the use of the framework
- a school survey to identify and understand the wellbeing of school communities
- wellbeing information for educators, parent and carers, children and young people
- resources for educators to use in their classroom
- professional learning resources.
Engagement and Wellbeing
Email: education.engagementandwellbeing [at] sa.gov.au