Bullying No Way! – National Day of Action Against Bullying & Violence Supported by ACMA with Lesson Plans for Teachers
Canberra, Australia (News4us.com) March 16, 2011
The role of the bystander, the person who witnesses bullying behaviour, is the key focus for tomorrow’s National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence.
‘Bullying is not just an individual issue — peers, parents and schools have a positive and practical part to play – indeed, a role to discharge – in ending bullying and finding solutions,’ said Australian Communications and Media Authority Chairman, Chris Chapman.
The ACMA’s key messages for a bystander witnessing cyberbullying are:
- Don’t just stand by. Speak out!
- Protect and support your friends
- Tell a trusted adult
To mark the ‘Bullying No Way!’ day, the ACMA is providing a suite of lesson plans for teachers across Australia on how to prevent and manage cyberbullying, as well as staging a National Cybersmart Hero event created to tackle cyberbullying.
Cybersmart Hero is a one-hour, online in-school activity for students in grade five and six that addresses the responsibilities of the people in the best position to influence cyberbullying —the bystander. The lesson plans bring the discussion into the open and encourage students to tell their parents or teachers.
‘Confident bystanders are important because bullies like an audience –whether it’s online or in the school yard – but they are most likely to stop when peers show disapproval,’ said Mr Chapman. ‘With bullying affecting nearly a third of Year Four to Nine students, encouraging young people to report bullying and stand up for their friends should be a potent peer to peer deterrent.’
For more information about the ACMA’s Cybersafety programs, visit www.cybersmart.gov.au
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