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The South Australian government is committed to keeping children safe from bullying in schools.

What is bullying?

Bullying is a complex social issue with multiple drivers. It is an ongoing misuse of power in relationships through repeated verbal, physical and/or social behaviour that causes physical and/or psychological harm. It can involve an individual or a group misusing their power over one or more persons.

Bullying can happen in person or online, and it can be obvious (overt) or hidden (covert).

Bullying of any form or for any reason can have long-term effects on those involved, including bystanders.

Single incidents and conflict or fights between equals, whether in person or online, are not defined as bullying.

While conflicts, fights or a single case of someone being mean can be upsetting, bullying is a specific type of behaviour. It involves a misuse of power in a relationship, it is ongoing and repeated, and it involves behaviours that can cause harm.

How will we work towards addressing bullying?

Bullying is complex. It needs a suite of evidence-based responses to support schools, teachers, parents, young people and children. The strategies we define in response to bullying need to reflect the different types of bullying behaviour and the severity of the impact on other children and young people.

The government has committed to implementing a comprehensive range of measures to address all forms of bullying as outlined in the Keeping Children Safe from Bullying election commitment. 

This survey seeks input from the community and stakeholders about what is needed to better protect children from bullying behaviours.  It is a joint initiative of the Department for Education and the Attorney-General’s Department.  

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