Bullying & Cyber Safety

Information on bullying - practical assistance

Bullying. NO WAY!
This website has different information around bullying for children, young people, parents and also includes resources for schools.
www.bullyingnoway.gov.au

National Centre Against Bullying
The National Centre Against Bullying (NCAB) is a peak body working to advise and inform the Australian community on the issue of childhood bullying and the creation of safe schools and communities, including the issue of cybersafety.
www.ncab.org.au

The Alannah and Madeline Foundation
The Alannah and Madeline Foundation is a national charity protecting children from violence and its devastating impact. This website has practical information for parents and children around how to deal with bullies and what to do if you witness someone else being bullied.
www.amf.org.au/bullying 

Bully Zero Australia Foundation
Aims to protect and empower Australian children and adolescents to live a fulfilling life free from all forms of bullying. This website has plenty of resources available for parents and students that includes some practical tips on how to handle and respond to bullying.
www.bzaf.org.au  

Beyond Blue
Beyondblue is an independent, not-for-profit organisation working to increase awareness and understanding of anxiety and depression in Australia and to reduce the associated stigma.
www.youthbeyondblue.com

Tune in, Not Out
A website full of informative videos and messages around bullying. Tune in, Not Out brings together many other great websites to one place.
www.tuneinnotout.com/topics/school-uni-tafe/bullying/

Kids Matter
Kids Matter is an Australian Primary Schools Mental Health Initiative. An excellent resource for teachers and parents of primary school aged children.  
www.kidsmatter.edu.au

Bully Stoppers
A Victorian Department of Education and Training site dedicated to information on bullying and cyber bullying
http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/bullystoppers/Pages/default.aspx?Redirect=2

Story of Jack
A 15min story developed by Vita Catalano that follows the life of Jack and the impact that bullying has on him. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTDys24AmhQ&feature=youtu.be
This film contains themes of death and may be confronting for some viewers

 

Individual Support options

Kids help line
Kids Helpline is Australia's only free, private and confidential, telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25
Free call 1800 55 1800
www.kidshelp.com.au

Parentline
Parentline provides a statewide telephone counselling service to parents and carers of children aged from birth to eighteen years. They are open between 8am and midnight 7 days a week.
13 22 89
www.parentline.vic.gov.au

Mental Health Care Plan “Better Access to Mental Health Care”
Fact sheet for accessing up to ten individual and ten group allied mental health services per year.
www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/content/mental-ba-fact-pat

Headspace
Headspace provides support, information and assistance for young people aged 12-25 years. You can access Headspace even if your problem seems to be really small or really huge. At Headspace you can receive support from a range of professionals including youth workers, intake & access workers, GP's, psychologists, psychiatrists, occupational therapists, social workers, mental health nurses, and alcohol and other drug workers. These workers are skilled in listening to young people and can help you identify problems, goals and achieve creative solutions to issues. eHeadspace is an online confidential counselling service that young people can access at any time.
Phone: 1300 880 218.
www.headspace.org.au
www.eheadspace.org.au

Reach Out!
Reach Out! Is a service that helps young people through tough times. It provides information and support on a range of issues including bullying.
www.reachout.com.au

Berry Street Resources
Berry Street provides services for vulnerable young people, including out-of-home care and family violence assistance, however they also have plenty of resources for young people who have been through trauma.
This is a link to their Cyberbullying Resource Kit http://www.bestenemies.org/index.php?q=Cybersafety_Resource_Kit
www.berrystreet.org.au

 

 

Cyber bullying

Michael Greg-Carr
“Beyond Cyber Bullying” Michael works as a nationally registered child and adolescent psychologist working in private practice in Melbourne   www.penguin.com.au/products/9780143570783/beyond-cyberbullying-essential...

Living in a Connected World
A website powered by Ivanhoe Grammar School showcases different tools and stories around cybersafety.
www.icybersafe.com

Lawstuff 
A resource for young people and children about their rights and legal information.
Information about cyber bullying and how it relates to Victorian laws.
www.lawstuff.org.au/vic_law/topics/bullying/cyber-bullying

Australia Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN)
How to report cybercrime, including online bullying
www.acorn.gov.au/what-is-cybercrime/cyber-bullying/

Australia’s eSafety Commission
Information about cyberbullying and how to lodge a complaint about occurrences of cyberbullying
www.esafety.gov.au/esafety-information/esafety-issues/cyberbullying?from=cybersmart

Human Rights Commission
Information about what Cyberbullying is and how to get help
www.humanrights.gov.au/cyberbullying-what-it-and-how-get-help-violence-harassment-and-bullying-fact-sheet

 

 

Legal Rights and support

Youthlaw - Victorian Young People’s Legal Rights Centre
Youthlaw is Victoria’s state-wide free community legal centre for young people under 25 years of age. They work to address the legal issues facing young people through legal services, advocacy, law reform and preventative education programs, within a human rights and social justice framework. They also have up to date fact sheets and the law and young people.
Bullying fact sheets: www.youthlaw.asn.au/resources/factsheets-2/bullying-at-school/
www.youthlaw.asn.au

If a serious assault has occurred you may need to contact police, if you are unsure about this you can contact YouthLaw or your local legal service to clarify your rights
Police 000
Greensborough Police Station 9435 1044
Heidelberg Police Station 9450 8000

 

Advocacy and Government

National Safe Schools Framework
A Government Policy document to guide schools
www.safeschoolshub.edu.au/documents/nationalsafeschoolsframework.pdf

How to put in a complaint about your school
If you aren’t happy with your Schools response on a particular issue you may choose to take it further, this site will explain the process
www.education.vic.gov.au/about/contact/Pages/complainschool.aspx