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National Day of Action Empowers Students to Say No to Bullying

Queensland independent school students are uniting today with school children across the nation to say bullying has no place in their schools and communities.

More than 100 Queensland independent schools are among 4,575 schools nationwide that registered for the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence, with others also expected to mark the 8th annual event with their own activities.

Independent Schools Queensland Executive Director David Robertson said the event shone a light on a significant community issue that required everyone involved in the lives of children to play a part.

“Concerningly surveys and research continue to confirm the prevalence of bullying in our communities, whether it’s in person or online, as well as its often devastating impacts on children, their peers and families,” Mr Robertson said.

“All young people deserve to enjoy a life that is free from any form of harassment and to be supported and affirmed by people who value and accept them for who they are,” he said.

“Conversations that schools and parents have with children today have the potential to save young lives tomorrow. Children need to feel empowered to speak up and to call out bullying behaviour.”

Queensland independent schools are supporting the national day through a range of events such as assemblies, fundraising for child-related charities, cyberbullying forums and wearing the campaign’s signature orange colour.

Mr Robertson said student wellbeing was a core component of independent school education and pastoral care programs.

“Independent schools have a wide range of programs, strategies and structures in place to not only educate students about important social and health issues, such as bullying, but to also monitor student wellbeing in consultation with parents,” he said.

Any students experiencing bullying should report their concerns to a family member, their school or contact Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.

A range of other support services for students and parents can be found at https://bullyingnoway.gov.au/Need-help-now/

For further research about bullying and resources for schools and parents go to www.bullyingnoway.gov.au

MEDIA CONTACT

Justine Nolan | 0428 612 315 | jnolan@isq.qld.edu.au

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