Marian State School has proudly registered for
the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence held TODAY March 16.
and staff have been involved in activities leading up to this day and will be
provided with a wristband to wear on the day.
At our school we aim to create a safe and supportive school community
Sometimes, it can be difficult for parents or carers to know what to
do when their child talks to them about bullying.
You are an important part of our work to prevent bullying and to respond
effectively if it happens. Stopping bullying involves everyone.
If your child talks to you about bullying:
calmly and get the full story. Your calm response is important to allow
your child to tell you all about the situation. After they’ve told
you their story, ask questions to get more details if you need to: who,
what, where, when. Although you may feel some strong emotions about
your child’s experience, try to keep calm to avoid more distress to your
- Reassure your
child they are not to blame. Many children blame themselves and this may
make them feel even worse. You could say things like, ‘That sounds really
hard to deal with. No one should have to put up with that.’ or ‘I’m so
glad you told me. You should be able to feel safe at school; that’s not
fair at all’.
- Ask your child what they want to do and what they
want you to do. A critical part of your response is to avoid jumping in to
solve the problem. While it is natural to want to protect your
child, helping them to find their own solution is a better option.
It helps them feel they have some power in the situation.
- Visit www.bullyingnoway.gov.au to find some strategies. The website has tips
and ideas for different bullying situations. One idea is to practise strategies
at home to help your child feel more confident.
- Contact the school. Your child may be reluctant for
you to do this, so discuss the idea and reassure them that the school
would want to know and is able to help. Make an appointment to meet with
your child’s teacher and, if you need to, ask to talk with the principal.
Contact the school immediately if you have a concern about your child’s
- Check in regularly with your child. Keep
the conversation going. It can take time to resolve issues, so check in
regularly with your child about their experiences and their
feelings. Your ongoing support is important.
If you are looking for support for
yourself to deal with a bullying situation, you will find ideas on the
Bullying. No Way! website for parents. As well, please contact the
school if you would like to discuss any aspect of our approach to preventing
for your support to make our school a great school for everyone