By Ken Rigby

This e-book offers the history to investigate that was once carried out utilizing the Peer kin evaluation Questionnaire (PRAQ) for the Criminology study Council (Australia). The ensuing qualitative and quantitative info is equipped on how faculties in Australia have handled bullying. The publication additionally describes the categorical regulations, plans, and actions that faculties were in a position to strategically enforce to counter bullying. The effectiveness and effect of varied techniques in operating with the total university - introducing pro-social curriculum content material and working with particular bullying incidents - also are mentioned.

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As a result, some primary schools sought to involve students in activities that would keep them occupied. These included the following: Free swim aerobics, tap dancing, skipping, handball, touch ball, chess, gardening and photography. In some schools, students were encouraged to produce posters to promote anti-bullying programmes. One slogan used by several schools was: ‘Bullying is not cool’. In some schools students were invited to script and perform in plays addressing the problem of bullying.

There were exceptions: The policy to protect against bullying and harassment is available on request by any member of the school community and the policy will be laminated and placed in all classrooms. In one school it was noted that the policy was printed in the staff handbook. At several schools the policy on bullying was printed in the diaries which were provided for all students. Evaluating and reviewing existing policy A minority of schools (20%) included in their policy a resolution to evaluate and review their policy at a later stage.

At several schools, children who behaved pro-socially were rewarded for such positive behaviour. For example, under a so-called ‘politeness program’, polite actions were acknowledged and rewarded with a $2 voucher for use in the canteen. At one school, one week was declared ‘a kindness week’. To the extent that children feel supported by their peers, they were seen at some schools as less likely to experience bullying. So-called ‘buddy’ programmes were employed in some schools. For instance, in one school, children in Year 6 teamed up with kindy children.

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