PETRIE SCHOOLS URGED TO TAKE A STAND AGAINST BULLYING

Luke Howarth for Petrie is calling on local students, teachers and school leaders to join a national movement to stand up to bullies.

The National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence on March 20 is a nationwide event against bullying and cyberbullying.

“I strongly encourage all schools in Petrie to sign up and get involved on Friday, 20 March for the 10th National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence,” Mr Howarth said.

“We know that bullying, specifically cyber bullying, is a growing concern for students and families. One in five young school students experience online bullying each year.

“The theme for this year’s national day is Take Action Together, aimed at empowering our school communities to unite with others and share ideas and actions to address bullying.

“Last year we saw around 36 schools and 25,653 students in my community take the admirable step of taking part in the national day of action. This year I’m expecting it will be even better.

“Participation in the National Day of Action also sends a strong message to our young people who may have been subjected to bullying that they are not alone and help is available.”

For more information and to register your school visit www.bullyingnoway.gov.au.

More anti-bullying resources can be found at www.esafety.gov.au and www.studentwellbeinghub.edu.au.