New Zealand's bullying prevention week took place from 22-26 May 2017.
The week acknowledged that preventing bullying is an ongoing focus for schools and their communities.
The week was organised by the Bullying Prevention Advisory Group, a collaboration involving organisations from the education, health, justice and social sectors, as well as internet safety and human rights advocacy groups.
Netsafe promotes online safety and has provided some tips to parents and caregivers supporting a child who is experiencing online bullying:
- Stay calm: Your child needs to be able to talk to you and know that you’ll be level headed, thoughtful and helpful in your response.
- Evaluate the situation: It’s important to know exactly what’s going on before you can work out what to do next. Is it just a few off hand remarks, or is it something more serious?
- Understand how your child is being affected: Every child is different, and behaviour that deeply affects one child may be water off a duck’s back to another. If your child is upset about a situation, let them know that you understand and it’s OK to be upset.
- Don’t take away the technology: Taking away your child’s laptop or mobile phone can alienate them from their most important support network - their peers.
- Teach your child how to use the features available on most social networking sites: For example, blocking and unfriending people. You can also show them how to update privacy settings on social media.
- Work through a plan together: If you need help about what you can do next contact Netsafe (external link) .
You can find out more about online bullying, abuse and harassment by visiting Netsafe’s website (external link) .
Find out more at bullyingfree.nz (external link)