A new online resource to support schools and their communities in tackling bullying has just launched at www.bullyingfree.nz.
The site features the experiences of schools and students as well as bullying prevention research, resources, and interactive tools.
The launch marks the start of Bullying-free NZ Week 16-20 May which schools around the country are marking with a range of bullying prevention awareness activities.
Included in the resoruces available on the site are video clips made by Year 7 and 8 students, made especially for Bullying-free NZ Week
BullyingFree.NZ is the latest initiative from the Bullying Prevention Advisory Group a collaboration between 17 organisations committed to reducing bullying in NZ schools.
The Group, which features the New Zealand Human Rights Commission, as well as representatives from across the education, social, justice and health sectors as, formed in 2013 after feedback from principals indicated schools needed more support to manage bullying.
The collaboration has previously produced Bullying Prevention and Response: A Guide for Schools, a comprehensive guide which has been welcomed by schools.
Chief Human Rights Commissioner, David Rutherford, talks about the importance of adopting a multi-agency approach to dealing with bullying in schools.