Today’s the day to talk to your kids about bullying

Joint Media Release
  • Minister for Education
  • Leader of the House
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education

Parents are being encouraged to have a chat with their kids about bullying and ways to take a stand against the problem as part of the 2014 National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence.

More than 900,000 students from over 2,000 schools across Australia will take part in the day which seeks to promote the anti-bullying message.

Minister for Education the Hon Christopher Pyne MP visited East Torrens Primary School today to mark the event, now in its fourth year.

“Parents play a critical role in preventing bullying and violence in Australian schools,” Mr Pyne said.

“We want to encourage parents to talk to their children about this important issue and let them know bullying has no place in our schools.

“The National Day of Action is a valuable opportunity for parents and students to come together with their school communities to create safe and supportive learning environments free from bullying and violence.”

The National Day of Action provides an opportunity for schools to promote their own anti‐bullying messages and programmes, and for students to ‘take a stand together’ and send the clear message that bullying and violence at school are not okay at any time.

Minister Pyne and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education, Senator the Hon Scott Ryan also chose the day to launch the third phase of the Safe Schools Hub.

The Hub is an online resource designed to empower the whole school community, including parents, with information and advice on supporting a safe school culture.

“Parents and carers are one of the most important influences on a child’s education, which is why parental engagement is one of the four pillars of the Australian Government’s Students First approach,” Senator Ryan said.

“The Hub will help parents to support their children to get the most out of their schooling, from their first day onwards. A child needs to feel safe and be safe at home, at school and in the community.”

The Hub is underpinned by the National Safe Schools Framework, endorsed by all state and territory education ministers.

New resources released on the Hub today include professional development modules for principals, teachers and pre-service teachers, as well as student led activities.

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