Standing up to bullies

Media Release
  • Minister for Education

Students will be safer, healthier and happier at school thanks to a nation-wide overhaul of the way Australia tackles issues like bullying and cyberbullying.

One in five young Australians have experienced cyberbullying according to research from the Office of the eSafety Commissioner.

Minister for Education Dan Tehan today launched the Australian Student Wellbeing Framework in Melbourne.

"Parents want to know that schools and teachers have the best tools to deal with bullying and the Australian Student Wellbeing Framework will provide practical ways to do that," Mr Tehan said.

"Teachers can use the Framework to find the best resources to help kids deal with bullying and cyberbullying.

"Our priority is keeping our kids safe, which means providing support and resources to combat bullies as well as educating everyone about the impact of bullying.

"The Framework was developed with the states and territories and complements a comprehensive anti-bullying program that will be considered at the next Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting."

Mr Tehan launched the Framework at an event marking the expansion of PROJECT ROCKIT, the Australian youth-driven movement against cyberbullying, to 10,000 Digital Ambassadors from 600 schools thanks to an additional $1 million in funding from Facebook and Instagram.

"There are 16 million Australians using Facebook each month and 11 million using Instagram, so it’s essential the companies behind these popular platforms are also part of the solution to cyberbullying," Mr Tehan said.

A copy of the Australian Student Wellbeing Framework will be sent to all schools in 2019. It is also available at www.studentwellbeinghub.edu.au

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