Queensland students and school communities are being encouraged
to take a stand against bullying on the first National Day of
Action Against Bullying and Violence today.
Education Minister Cameron Dick said the Day of Action, which was held in Queensland last year, has now been adopted nationally.
"This year the focus is on bystander behaviour with students urged to take a stand against all forms of bullying," Mr Dick.
"Bullying has no place in our school communities and if we all take a stand, a strong message will be sent to bullies that their behaviour is unacceptable.
"Initiatives like today are all about bringing the issue of bullying out of the shadows and into the light in the hope of more action being taken.
"Bullying is a very serious and complex issue but as awareness grows, so too does the momentum to address it.
"Students can get involved by signing their own declarations against bullying, wearing orange and visiting the first national anti-bullying website at www.takeastandtogether.gov.au being launched today.
"Schools across Queensland have organised activities to mark the Day and raise awareness about anti-bullying strategies they have in place.
"Queensland continues to lead the campaign against bullying in 2011 with a range of initiatives, programs and resources to help school communities deal with this challenging issue."
*Second series of forums presented by Queensland anti-bullying expert Dr Michael Carr-Gregg being held across the state
*Announcement of the rollout of the eSmart cybersafety system in all state schools
*National Symposium: Strategic Action Against School Bullying being held in Brisbane on March 17 and 18
*Initiated the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence
*Working Together toolkit available online:http://education.qld.gov.au/studentservices/behaviour/qsaav/index.html
For information on the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence visit the Queensland site, www.bullyingnoway.com.au.
Education and Industrial Relations
The Honourable Cameron Dick
Queensland schools take a stand against bullying on national day of action