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Bullying prevention and response videos, practice guidance and resources for educators

Any South Australian educators can access these online lessons, videos and practice guides for help to:

  • teach students about bullying
  • prevent bullying
  • respond to bullying.

Bullying prevention lessons – Youth Law Australia

Login to plink to access bullying prevention lessons – South Australian laws about bullying, cyber bullying and online safety.

These lessons are targeted at educators who teach students in years 4 to 12.

The lessons cover 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.

Recent updates to these lessons reflect changes to legislation. This includes:

  • an updated definition of cyberbullying, consent and intimate images
  • an updated definition of sexual harassment that also includes seriously demeaning behaviours that aren’t necessarily sexual
  • specific examples of what behaviour constitutes as sexual harassment
  • the penalties attributed to posting or threatening to post intimate images without consent
  • the increased threshold for eSafety referrals.

Promoting diversity and inclusion in bullying prevention

Students at high risk of bullying

Preventing and reducing bullying for children and young people at highest risk practice guidance (PDF 78KB) helps educators to create supportive environments for children and young people in these highest risk groups:

  • children and young people with disabilities
  • children and young people in care
  • Aboriginal children
  • culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • gender diverse, intersex and sexually diverse.

Diversity and inclusion – video and practice guidance

The video aims to:

  • promote respectful behaviours with both primary and secondary students
  • respond to bullying incidents.

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

The guide has conversation starters for discussing diversity with children and young people. 

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.

Racist bullying – video and practice guidance

The video aims to:

  • promote respectful behaviours with both primary and secondary students
  • respond to an incident of racist bullying.

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

The guide has conversation starters to help lead discussions about:

  • racism
  • stereotypes and biases
  • cultural diversity.

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.

Where students and families can get help for bullying

Bullying at school or affecting school relationships

These steps are for students or families of students who may be experiencing bullying at school:

  1. Raise any concerns with the school.
  2. If the parent or carer is unsatisfied with the school’s response, they should contact the Customer Feedback Unit.

Counselling and support

Here’s a list of agencies who can provide students and their families support to respond to bullying.

Serious online bullying

The Office of the eSafety Commissioner has a complaint scheme for children and young people experiencing serious bullying online. They can help remove cyber bullying content from a social media or online service.

Legal advice

Students and their families can seek legal support if needed:

Bullying that may be a criminal offence

If the family believes the bullying may be a criminal offence they can:

  • report the matter to police
  • contact the South Australia Police on 000 if they feel in immediate danger
  • request police attendance – call 131 444.

Engagement and Wellbeing

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