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School is a place where young people learn about relating to
others and coping with life situations. Many children and young people
managing a health condition report that bullying and teasing at school
is a common occurrence. It is important to work closely with your
child’s school to support their wellbeing and help your child develop
Your child needs a supportive environment at school. The school can help by:
Keep up the two-way conversation with your child
about school, and the school about your child. If you notice any changes
in behaviour, ask your child about what might be bothering them.
Contact the school if you’re concerned about your child’s behaviour or
how they’re talking about school.
In this short video,
parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder talk about the
importance of good two-way communication with their child’s high school.
Schools take bullying very seriously. Bullying is
harmful but also preventable. It can take many forms, including direct
physical or verbal bullying or indirect bullying. All schools will have policies and guidelines for the prevention and management of bullying.
Whether they’re being bullied, a bystander, or are
bullying others, all students can play a role in preventing or
responding to the situation.
In this short video, parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder talk about bullying.
The internet and other digital technologies are an
important part of your child’s life. But these environments are also
places where children experience bullying. Cyber-bullying is a term
that’s used to describe the use of technology, such as mobile phones or
the internet, to create, display or send information or images that harm
or harass another person.
Finding out that your child is being bullied or
that your child is bullying others is very stressful and upsetting. You
could feel anger, confusion and guilt. Listen carefully to your child,
show concern and offer your support.
Work with your child’s school to solve the problem.
Contact them and make an appointment to discuss the issue. Don’t
directly approach any other student or their family about your concerns
As well as your child’s teacher or principal,
schools have other staff who provide support. They can work with other
welfare professionals and agencies.
People who can help include:
You could also speak to your doctor, community health centre or local youth centre for help and advice.
Student safety and wellbeing is the responsibility of the whole school community. All schools must have a Student Engagement Policy that includes specific strategies to:
As the first step, talk your child’s classroom
teacher, year-level coordinator or home-room teacher when you want to
raise a concern or complaint. Call them directly or organise a meeting
through the school office. The school should take your concerns
seriously and work with you to resolve any issues.