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Australia’s National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence

Last week, on Friday 21st March 2014, Australia marked the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence.

This is the third year when Australian schools and government entities come together to focus on teaching the students on how to say “Bullying. No Way!” and to “strengthen their existing everyday messages that bullying and violence at school are not okay at any time”.

For the past three years, Australians come together on this day, the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence, to raise awareness about the issue of bullying and cyberbullying in Australia.

According to officials, the turnout this year included more than 2100 schools, with more than 960,000 students, across Australia. All participants came together by running local events, inviting guest speakers and running classroom lessons.

The National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence is held annually on the third Friday of March. It is an opportunity for the whole school community to ‘take a stand together’ against bullying and violence.

The official website for the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence in Australia released some major tips in case someone is being bullied which include:

  • Say ‘No!’ or ‘Stop it!’ firmly
  • Walk away
  • Try to act unaffected or ignore the person
  • Talk to a trusted adult at the school or at home
  • Ask friends, parents or teachers for their help to deal with the issue safely.

It also tackles the issue of the bullying bystander, encouraging students to do the following if they witness a bullying or cyber bullying incident:

  • Refuse to join in
  • Do not watch
  • Tell the person doing the bullying to stop
  • Tell the person doing the bullying that you will talk to a teacher
  • Say something supportive to the person who is being bullied or invite them to join your group
  • Say to the person being bullied that the other person’s behavior is not okay with you or anyone else

We also admire the fact that this endeavor worked on posting anti bullying lesson plans which include an activity overview, detailed lesson plans, handouts and resources needed to conduct the anti bullying lessons, as well as information about opportunities for ongoing learning.

Spread the word about the Australian National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence and encourage lawmakers and community leaders in your area to help create awareness about bullying and encourage teachers in your local schools to also approach the subject of bullying and the need for kindness and acceptance for all students. 

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