Friday, 01 April 2016 06:35

Focus on: Hawkesbury’s anti-bullying tool kit for youth

Participants of the Hawkesbury Youth Interagency meeting and Mayor Ford with the anti-bullying toolkit. Participants of the Hawkesbury Youth Interagency meeting and Mayor Ford with the anti-bullying toolkit. Hawkesbury City Council

A new anti-bullying toolkit has been put together by Hawkesbury City Council with support from The Hawkesbury Youth Interagency and The Schools Partnership Group.

Bullying has always been a concern for young people, however 21st century technologies have seen the rise of new issues such as cyber-bullying.

Bullying, and cyber-bulling in particular, were raised as issues by participants at the Hawkesbury Youth Summit in March 2015, an event attended by more than 60 young people representing six high schools in the Hawkesbury local government area.

Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Kim Ford said, “The Summit provided a great avenue to seek and explore the concerns and views of the youth of our area for council,” said Mayor Ford.

“The Summit participants identified a real need for anti-bullying information and resources to address bullying and cyber-bullying in high schools,” Councillor Ford said.

“In response to this, Hawkesbury City Council has worked with The Hawkesbury Youth Interagency and The Schools Partnership to develop a resource.

“We hope this new toolkit will help high schools to plan, promote, teach and share antibullying messages with their school community,” he added.

“Every high school in the Hawkesbury will receive an anti-bullying toolkit, which includes: anti-bullying posters, art-work, promotional material, investigative lesson plans, t-shirt transfers, badge designs and creative activities as well as research and information for teachers, parents and students.

“Hopefully, the information and resources will be useful for schools for events such as the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence on 18 March, Harmony Day on 21 March, Youth Week from 8-17 April, and during the year as schools deem appropriate.”

The anti-bullying toolkit includes resources from the following organisations:

While this initiative is currently being provided to local high schools, as recommended by the 2015 Youth Summit, local primary schools are welcome to contact Hawkesbury City Council’s Youth Participation Officer on 4560 4562 for anti-bullying resources and information.

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