While children, adolescents and adults may deal with many adversities during their lives, one of the most pervasive and difficult to deal with is bullying. Bullying is often subtle and can be difficult to define. Nowhere is bullying more damaging than when it occurs in childhood, affecting children and adolescents of all ages. It reflects power inequities, which may be particularly damaging to the child's development, self esteem, capacity to function and learning.

ACATLGN has brought together a number of resources and links to help provide accessible information for schools and other professionals working with children and adolescents experiencing bullying.

Resources for practitioners

Talking to your children about bullying

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The three B’s: Bullying, being Bullied and being a Bystander 

Resources for families and carers

Helping your child who is being bullied

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Bullying is a difficulty that many children may now experience. It can happen at school, in sporting groups or online. Bullying is an important issue that needs to be addressed by parents, carers, the community and young people as well.

Talking to your children about bullying

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Three B’s: Bullying, being Bullied and being a Bystander.

What to do if you are a parent of a child who bullies

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Being told that your child is bullying is a worrying thing for a parent or carer. Bullying hurts both the person who is bullied and the person who is doing the bullying.

Other resources

Australian covert bullying prevalence study

Edith Cowan University
A research paper released in 2009 from a study done investigating the prevalence and impact of covert bullying in Australian school communities.

Bullying and substance abuse: Who it affects and why


"Bullying transcends childish acts such as teasing, rough housing or joking around. It can be a dangerous activity with devastating physical and psychological effects. It’s a prominent risk factor for substance abuse and addiction, but the person being bullied isn’t the only one at risk."

Bullying: effects, prevalence and strategies for detection

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Michael Carr-Gregg
This article discusses bullying and the impact that it has on young people. It also discusses the assessment of young people who are being bullied.

Children who bully at school

Child Family Community Australia - AIFS
This paper looks at bullying that occur in school. It discusses its effect on child developmement, parenting and family functioning, and protective factors and promising interventions.

Children who bully at school

Child Family Community Australia - AIFS
This paper provides background information about children who bully in school and focuses on ways in which parenting and family dyanamics underpin this behaviour.

Cybersmart - Let’s Fight It Together

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)
A teaching resource about cyberbullying for schools to help young people and the adults in their lives. The program is based around a video story of young people’s real life experiences and interviews with young people, parents and teachers. Resources include a video and booklet with lesson plans and activities. Available for download or free DVD.

Everyone has a right to feel safe

This resource includes tips on how to respond to bullying, and ways for parents and carers to help.

KidsMatter Programs

Find here a list of programs designed for the early childhood age group. Each addresses different needs of children, families and educators ie. Bully Busters workshop to tackle issue of bullying using a whole school approach.

Parental involvement in preventing and responding to cyberbullying

Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS)
The aim of this paper is to inform practitioners and other professionals of ways to help parents clarify their roles to help their children to engage in responsible online behaviour.

Working with families whose child is bullying

Child Family Community Australia - AIFS
This guide aims to provide practitioners with information on school bullying and ways to work with and support families with a child who is bullying others. This resource is a part of a series on bullying.

Working with families whose child is bullying: An evidence-based guide for practitioners

Child Family Community Australia - AIFS
A useful guide for professionals on school bullying with information and tools to identify children who bully and how to manage bullying. 


Act Smart Be Safe

A website that contains information for students, parents and teachers. Recognises the importance of schools and communities working together to address violence. 


Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies
Provides a list of links to bullying resources in Australia and internationally.

Bullying in schools and what to do about it

A comprehensive website by Dr Ken Rigby on bullying in schools. Information for teachers and parents. Includes training information for teachers.

Bullying No Way

A website that has been created by Australia's educational communities. Contains resources for teachers, parents and students.

Safe Schools

Links to the National Safe Schools Framework. Provides information on parents as to what they can do if their child is being bullied. Also provides an overview of all states' anti-bullying policies.

Young people and crime: Bullying

Links to several papers on bullying that have been published by the Australian Institute of Criminology, as well as other government departments.