Bullying is a very common problem facing young people and can have a damaging effect on a young person’s wellbeing. Bullying and harassment does not just happen in school but it also affects young people at home, on public transport, and in the workplace. It can also happen online on social media sites and via mobile phones (however, AYAC recognises that the overall impact of technology on the lives of young people is overwhelmingly positive).
AYAC believes that…
- All young people have the right to be treated with respect, and to live, learn and work in a safe and supportive environment that is free from bullying and harassment.
- Anti-bullying programs and resources should be developed by young people or in close consultation with young people.
- Programs need to focus on early intervention and prevention through in-touch, realistic strategies for dealing with bullying and encourage empathy for the young people who are the targets of bullying.
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