Let’s build Kindness Culture on the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence

Kindness Culture, it starts with you. National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence. Friday 18 March 2022. bullyingnoway.gov.au

Today marks the 12th National Day of Action (NDA) against Bullying and Violence, when more than 6,520 schools across Australia will come together to promote this year’s theme, ‘Kindness Culture’.

Bullying in Australian schools is a serious issue, with one in four Year 4 to Year 9 students being bullied. The NDA is the largest bullying prevention event for schools and encourages all students to take a stand against bullying and violence.

The 2022 theme is ‘Kindness Culture, it starts with you’, and encourages students to build Kindness Culture together to promote inclusion, respect and community belonging for all Australian school students.

To support this year’s theme, NDA has released a new animation series, Be Kind Online, which encourages young people to report and block content and to support their peers and each other if they witness or experience bullying.

Each year, registered schools receive the School event toolkit with special access to resources, classroom materials and much more to plan and promote NDA activities within their school community. There are also resources available which provide advice to young people and their families on how to respond to bullying and where they can get help.

Schools and their communities can access evidence-based resources all year round on the Bullying. No Way! website.

A time-limited Working Group managed by the Queensland Department of Education (the Working Group) is responsible for managing this year’s NDA activities. The Working Group has been established to support Australian school communities for the NDA and has representatives from all jurisdictions as well as from the Catholic and independent sectors.

There are other resources available to educators, students and their families to help build safe and inclusive school environments. The Student Wellbeing Hub supports the wellbeing and safety of students to promote inclusive and respectful learning communities where all students can thrive.

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Correct at time of publication.