Helpful Resources

Australian Resources

So you got naked online - sexting resource

So you got naked online... is a resource that offers children, young people and parents advice and provides strategies to support the issues resulting from sexting incidents. The resource covers topics such as:

  • What is sexting and can it happen accidentally?  
  • Trust and friendship - considering what is appropriate to share and with whom.
  • How images or videos can be shared online and what websites they might end up on. 
  • Will this affect your online reputation and your future?
  • How to ask your parents for help.
  • Where to seek further advice and support.

So you got naked online was developed by The Office of the Victorian Privacy Commissioner in partnership with the Australian Communications and Media Authority, South West Grid for Learning and Cybersafe Kids.

To download a copy of the resource, see: So You Got Naked Online - A Resource on Sexting (pdf - 1.76mb)

KidsMatter

This website provides schools with the background knowledge required to implement free KidsMatter professional development events within their school.

For more information, see: Kids Matter: Professional Development Events

MindMatters

This website provides schools with the background knowledge required to implement free MindMatter professional development events within their school.

For more information, see: Mind Matters: Professional Development Calendar

National Safe School Framework

This section of a larger website provides Australian schools with a vision and a set of guiding principles that assist school communities to take a proactive whole-school approach to developing effective student safety and wellbeing policies.

For more information, see: National​ Safe School Framework

Student Wellbeing Hub

The Student Wellbeing Hub (formerly Safe Schools Hub) provides information, ​advice and best-practice approaches to address bullying. The Hub reflects the Australian Government’s ongoing commitment to being responsive to important issues affecting today’s schools as they build and sustain positive, respectful and supportive teaching and learning communities.

For more information, see Student Wellbeing Hub

Australian Covert Bullying Prevalence Study

This report aims to shed new light on covert bullying among school-age children, with the ultimate goal of identifying feasible, effective and sustainable policy and practice to address this phenomenon.

For more information, see: Australian Covert Bullying Prevalence Study - Executive Summary

Method of Shared Concern

This report evaluates the effectiveness of the Method of Shared Concern approach to addressing bullying in the Australian schooling context.

For more information, see: Applying the Method of Shared Concern in Australian schools: an evaluative study

Bullying. No Way!

This website provides students, parents and teachers with information about bullying, harassment, discrimination and violence in schools.

For more information, see: Bullying. No Way!

National Centre Against Bullying

This website includes research, resources, reports and information on childhood bullying and strategies to create safer schools and communities.

For more information, see: National Centre Against Bullying

Cybersmart

This website provides a range of different age appropriate resources, for students, parents and teachers, designed to raise awareness of cyber security in students.

For more information, see: Cybersmart

Reach Out

This website provides assistance to children and young people on a broad range of issues including mental health and wellbeing, bullying, family and peer relationships.

For more information, see: Reach Out

Angels Goal

Angels Goal is an Australian anti-bullying organisation whose mission is to promote awareness of, and aid in the prevention of, bullying against children and young adults, wherever they may be.

For more information, see: Angels Goal

Story of Jack

This website presents the ‘Story of Jack’ - a short film that concentrates on the life a boy who is bullied.

For more information, see: Story of Jack

Rewrite Your Story

The Office of the eSafety Commissioner's Rewrite Your Story is a national youth-focussed initiative which explores cyberbullying and other online issues faced by young people. 

For more information see: Rewrite Your Story - Cyberbullying​

Bullying: Preventing and Responding to Student Bullying in Schools Policy

This section of the Education and Communities website, details the policy requirements for preventing and responding to student bullying in NSW government schools.

For more information, see: Bullying: Preventing and Responding to Student Bullying in Schools Policy

A to Z Parent Resources: About Bullying

The ‘About Bullying’ section in the School A to Z website provides students, parents and teachers with information about bullying in schools.

For more information, see: About Bullying

Anti-bullying Plan Template

The Education and Communities website has a range of documents on their Implementation document summary page including planning templates.

For more information, see: Implementation document summary

Bullying: Preventing and Responding to Student Bullying in Schools

This policy page in the Education and Communities website includes links to useful documents under the Implementation Documents heading, including Bullying: Preventing and Responding to Student Bullying in Schools Guidelines and under Related Information, Bias Based Bullying.

For more information, see: Bullying: Preventing and Responding to Student Bullying in Schools Policy

PROTECT

The Victorian Government has produced a suite of resources to help schools implement the Child Safe Standards.

For more information, see: PROTECT

Brodie’s Law

This section of the Victorian Department of Justice website outlines Victoria’s anti-bullying legislation, known as Brodie’s Law.

For more information, see: Brodie's Law

eSmart

This website is an easy-to-use, evidence-based system that assists school communities to manage and deal with cyberbullying.  eSmart is available to all Victorian government schools at no charge, and 300 selected Catholic and Independent schools.

For more information, see: eSmart

 School Policy and Advisory Guide: Duty of Care 

This section of the website explains the nature of the legal duties owed by teachers and school staff towards students, see: Duty of Care

Student Engagement and Inclusion Guidance

Find information on creating safe and safe supportive school environments and developing a student engagement policy, see: Student Engagement and Inclusion Guidance

International Organisations and Resources

Conflict Resolution Network

An independent civil society organization originally founded under the auspices of the United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA). Includes a broad range of information about conflict resolution, resources, materials and downloads.

For more information, see: Conflict Resolution Network

Cyberbullying and online grooming: helping to protect against the risks

This section of the Australian Policy Online website, details the policy requirements for protecting children against the risks of cyberbullying.

For more information, see: Cyber-bullying and online grooming: helping to protect against the risks

Bullying UK

This website provides students, parents and teachers with information about bullying.

For more information, see: Bullying UK

Kidscape UK

‘Kidscape UK’ is a UK charity established to prevent bullying and child sexual abuse. The website includes a range of useful downloads, and links to resources and interactive websites (generally more suitable for older children).

For more information, see: Kidscape UK

Stop Bullying

Resources on this website include webisodes for students, age appropriate information for 'students', 'teens', 'young adults', parents and educators. 

For more information, see: Stop Bullying

Stop Bullying Now!

‘Stop Bullying Now!’ is a website designed by an American social worker to help schools and communities stop bullying. It includes a wide range of resources including a summary of best practice approaches, links and general information for teachers and parents.

For more information, see: Stop Bullying Now!

Stop a Bully

This website includes practical research-based strategies for reducing bullying in schools.

For more information, see: Stop a Bully

Support outside the school

Take a Stand Together iPhone App

Get the free Take a Stand Together iPhone App to keep this and other info close by, see: Take a Stand Together

Kids Helpline - Counselling

Kids Helpline is a free 24 hour counselling service for Australian kids and young people aged 5-25 years. You can get help over the phone, web or via email. See: Kids Helpline

National Centre Against Bullying website

Visit the Top Tips for Kids on the National Centre Against Bullying website, see: National Centre Against Bullying

Community contacts

The support of students and teachers who have had experiences such as cyberbullying, privacy breaches or other online issues is essential.

Social media and games

Facebook

To report inappropriate content on Facebook, see:

  • Reporting a Violation - outlines procedures for inappropriate content, imposter profiles, abusive users, underage users, video takedowns and privacy issues.
  • Facebook Basics – straightforward information about Facebook functionality, account and privacy settings, popular features and a glossary of Resources by state terms. Useful for users who are unfamiliar with Facebook.
  • Reporting a Violation (without having a Facebook account) – provides a form that can be completed for users who would like to report inappropriate content including imposter profiles.

YouTube

For YouTube help, guidelines and contact information, see:

  • YouTube ‘Help’ - outlines procedures for inappropriate content, abusive users, underage users, video takedowns and privacy issues.
  • YouTube Community Guidelines - straightforward information about defining what breaches their user conditions.
  • Don’t Cross the Line - some common-sense rules that will help users steer clear of trouble.
  • YouTube - Contact Us - steps you through questions and procedures before you can contact YouTube directly.
  • Information for Educational Authorities: ‘I'm a school representative reporting a video’
  • YouTube state: "In order to process abuse claims, we must receive notification directly from the individual in the video, or their legal guardians. If the individual involved is a co-worker, spouse, sibling, or friend, please have them contact us directly. Please do not continue to fill out the privacy form if you are not within the video or are the legal guardian of the person within the video. This could have severe legal consequences for you in your country, and will not be investigated by the YouTube staff.
  • If you feel the content in the video is inappropriate based on our Terms of Use, you can report it to us for review by clicking the 'flag as inappropriate' link under the video".

Twitter

Twitter is an online social networking and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read text-based posts of up to 140 characters, informally known as "tweets".

  • Rules and Best Practice - contains Twitter’s comprehensive list of account behaviours that could land you in hot water, this page is a basic introduction to Twitter's rules and best practices.
  • How to Report Violations – outlines the procedure necessary for reporting potential violations of Twitter rules and terms of service.

MySpace

MySpace is a popular social media tool offering an interactive, user-submitted network of friends, personal profiles, blogs, groups, photos, music and videos internationally.

  • MySpace Support - outlines procedures for inappropriate content, imposter profiles, abusive users, underage users, video takedowns and privacy issues.
  • Parent Assistance – outlines the process for removing your child’s profile, removing images of a minor and other general safety and privacy information.

Club Penguin

Club Penguin is a snow-covered virtual island where kids can play games and interact in a fun-filled, online playground that's guided by an unwavering commitment to safety.

  • Safety – explains the safety options (standard and ultimate) available in Club Penguin.