On 15 March schools in Australia will take action and get involved for the ninth National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence.
With one in four students affected by bullying every year in Australia , this day highlights a crucial issue among our youth. Although the ways in which bullying take place continues to change, the short and long term effects of it remain just as devastating.
Bullying is a negative experience that should always be taken seriously and can cause a person to feel tremendous fear and anxiety. The effects of bullying can vary but in every instance it is detrimental to a person’s well-being.
At Youth Off The Streets we believe that education is the key to breaking the cycle of disadvantage. However, if a young person no longer feels safe in their school community this can negatively affect their access to education.
Eighty-five per cent of bullying interactions in schools have peers present as onlookers or even accomplices. Therefore, this day aims to set an example and empower young people to be part of the solution when addressing bullying in their school community.
At Youth Off The Streets our independent schools are tailored to ensure a welcoming environment for all of our students. Our small class sizes and dedicated teachers and support staff create a close knit community that support each other as our kids work towards achieving greatness.
The national day calls for Australia to take a stand together with the theme being ‘No Way! Take action every day!’
Let’s all take a stand together and take action against this crucial issue impacting upon our young people.
Be sure to look out for any warning signs that your child may be involved in bullying and for more information you can visit:
 (National Centre Against Bullying, 2011)