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School violence, bullying and abuse

Bullying, harassment and/or violence at school are serious problems. They can lead to negative physical, emotional and social impacts on young people. They affect the rights of young people to be safe and free from violence. Experiencing bullying, harassment can also interfere with young people’s right to education.

School violence, bullying and abuse: A human rights analysis.

The Commission has published an analysis of the human rights issues in situations of school bullying, harassment and/or violence, to help make schools safer for everyone: School violence, bullying and abuse: A human rights analysis.

Bullying Prevention Advisory Group

The Commission is involved in a bullying prevention group along with a number of other organisations and agencies (such as the Ministry of Education, the Secondary Principals Association of New Zealand, the New Zealand School Trustees Association, the Ministry of Social Development, New Zealand Police, Netsafe). Through this group, the Commission is working to highlight what schools and communities can do about bullying and harassment.

You can learn more about the work of the Bullying Prevention Advisory Group here

Bullying prevention and response: A guide for schools

The Bullying Prevention Advisory Group, of which the Commission is a member, has developed a trial Guide for schools, on preventing and responding to bullying: Bullying prevention and response: A guide for schools (PDF). The Guide includes links to further information which will be helpful for young people, parents, whānau and community.

Digital Technology Safe and responsible Use in Schools guide

The Online safety Advisory Group of which the Commission is a member, has developed a guide for schools on safe and responsible use of digital technology in schools. Digital Technology Safe and responsible Use in Schools provides specific advice to schools on how to manage digital technology under the legislation relating to searches and confiscation of property. It is a companion to the Guidelines for the Surrender and Retention of Property and Searches released by the Ministry of Education in January 2014. It also provides general advice for schools about preventing incidents by promoting safe and responsible use of digital technology.

Ministry of Education bullying guides

 

Is my child being bullied?

 

Information from the Ministry of Education about signs and what to do when you suspect your child may be being bullied. Read the guide here.

Is my child a bully?

Information from the Ministry of Education about signs and what to do when you suspect your child may be bullying others. Read the guide here.

Step up, be safe, be proud

Ministry of Education pamphlet written by a group of students from secondary school who have all been involved in the cycle of bullying. This guide will help you deal with bullying and confront discrimination. Read the guide here.

Cyberbullying resources

Cyberbullying

NetSafe’s cyberbullying website contains dedicated guidance for young people, parents, caregivers, teachers and principals who want help to understand and deal with bullying that takes place in cyberspace.

Keeping Your Kids Safe Online

Information for parents on creating a safe online learning and social environment for your children at home. Read more here.