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- New Kids Helpline data reveals a drop in bullying in 2020
New Kids Helpline data reveals a drop in bullying in 2020
“Our Kids Helpline @ School program supported by Bupa Health Foundation, is offered free to all primary schools nationally. Kids Helpline counsellors work with children from an early age to help them understand respectful relationships and behavioural boundaries both when face-to-face and online. Counsellors use videoconferencing technology to deliver interactive sessions aligned to the Australian Curriculum on topics including bullying. We need more discussion about the importance of mutual respect to stem bullying of any kind, face-to-face or cyberbullying, to ensure the wellbeing and safety of children and young people across Australia,” Mr Bourke continued.
“We need to increase awareness around early intervention, and to encourage children and teachers to take advantage of the free Kids Helpline @ School program to help children to learn coping strategies that assist in dealing with life’s challenges,” he said.
Kids Helpline Anti-bullying tips and strategies
Our top strategy to prevent or shut down bullying is to build self-efficacy – the capacity to create change for the better.
One of the best ways kids can do this is to be an upstander to bullying, rather than a bystander.
Bystanders are witnesses to bullying who do not intervene.
This may be because:
- They think someone else will intercede
- They don’t know what to say/do
But witnessing bullying hurts bystanders too.
Bystanders have a responsibility to be up standers.
To be an upstander, kids can use these tactics:
- Respectfully challenge the bullying by saying something like, "We don’t do that here."
- Interrupt the bullying by engaging with the person being bullied, e.g. "Hey Jack, there you are!"
- Give the person being bullied an excuse to leave, e.g. “The teacher is looking for you” or, “Hey, can you come help me with something for a minute?”
- Offer support. Do this once the person is safe from the situation, e.g. "I saw what was happening at lunch time. It is not ok for them to act that way! Are you ok?"
- Report it. If possible, report it together; being bullied is a lonely experience. Having someone who backs up your version of what happened can make a big difference to someone who is feeling hopeless or worthless.
Remember, bullying behaviour hurts everyone, including the people being bullied, those witnessing the bullying and those doing the bullying.
- Brendan Bourke, yourtown Head of Client Services
- Leo Hede – Kids Helpline Virtual Services
- VNR footage available of Kids Helpline call centre and interviews with counsellors also available
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