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FAQs: Bullying in schools

School professionals and the media can rely on FAQs: Bullying in schools for up to date information about bullying.

FAQs: Bullying in schools answers frequently asked questions about bullying, provides useful advice to parents and students about dealing with bullying, and summarises contemporary approaches to bullying in Australian school communities.

It explains key concepts and definitions, the prevalence and impact of bullying, and the need for a comprehensive approach to bullying in schools.

Download the complete set of FAQs: Bullying in Schools (PDF, 332KB)

The FAQs are based on the latest research on student bullying. More information is available in the Research Snapshots and Literature Review below.  

Research snapshots  

The Bullying. No Way! Research snapshots provide the latest findings from recent research as well as the implications for Australian schools.

The Snapshots are drawn from a comprehensive new literature review of Australian research on student bullying.

Download the complete set of Research Snapshots (PDF, 615KB) or read each of the individual snapshots below: 

What is bullying, including online bullying?

What is the prevalence of bullying in schools?

Who is involved in bullying?

What are the impacts of bullying?

What role do parents and carers have in relation to bullying?

What is the role of school culture and school climate in countering bullying?

What is the role of school policy?

What evidence-based practices can schools adopt?

Review of the literature (2010-2014) on student bullying

A review of literature (2010-2014) on student bullying by Australia’s Safe and Supportive School Communities Working Group (PDF, 1MB) has been written specifically for educational settings and needs.

The literature review includes four years of Australian research on student bullying. It covers research into bullying of all forms, including online bullying. The research reveals new thinking about why bullying happens, the value of involving students in all aspects of countering bullying in schools, the role of school culture and climate, the importance of teachers’ responses, and what works, and doesn’t work, to prevent bullying.

This literature review builds on the earlier review done in 2009, published originally in the National Safe Schools Framework Resource Manual (2011). Read Chapter 6 Literature Review here.