International Day Against Bullying and Violence 2023
August 18th is the International Day Against Bullying and Violence
Unfortunately, bullying has become a national epidemic in Australia and affects schools, workplaces, online spaces and other social environments. Unfortunately, children and adults who are neurodivergent and/or live with disability are more likely to be bullied than their neurotypical and able-bodied peers (Source: AIHW, Respect @ Work).
A recent study by the University of NSW found that people with autism were the most likely to be bullied within the neurodivergent population. Autistic children were also more likely to be bullied in high school than primary school, particularly if they did not have special healthcare needs or came from a low socioeconomic background.
The theme of this year's National Day Against Bullying and Violence is 'growing connections.' This can occur on an individual level, but should ultimately be encouraged community-wide to ensure everyone feels included and empowered to seek help. Visit the links below for resources and support services for addressing and preventing bullying:
Bullying and ASD (Raising Children Network)
A resource suitable for parents and carers covering:
- Impacts of bullying;
- How to address bullying at home or school;
- Signs someone is being bullied or is bullying others.
Bullying, No Way!
Resources and support for bullying prevention targeted at:
- Young people;
'There's a Bully in my Brain'
Written by Lauren Thompson and illustrated by Kayla Lee, this book explores the effects of negative self-talk and how to address it. This resource is suitable for children and their parents and carers.
Fair Work Commission
Navigating bullying and discrimination in the workplace.
- 'Addressing bullying in youth with ASD: research and strategies.'
- 'Bullying prevention for children with ASD.'
If you or someone you know needs urgent support, please contact one of the following services: