Zero tolerance against bullies

Principal Angela Collins wears the orange ribbon.
Principal Angela Collins wears the orange ribbon.

EMERALD State High School has zero tolerance of bullying and students are working together to take a stance against it.

Today marks the national day of action against bullying and violence and the school’s principal Angela Collins said students had been encouraged to take a stance by wearing an orange ribbon.

“Our student council has been making orange ribbons as a visual representation to make a commitment against bullying,” she said.

“This year the focus is on bystander behaviour with students encouraged to take a stand together. Those who wear an orange ribbon are making a commitment to stand, in particular, against bystander behaviour.”

In a recent newsletter, Ms Collins drew attention to the national day of action against bullying and violence and made mention of the website which has activities and resources for students.

“We have zero tolerance against bullying as every child should feel safe at school,” she said. “The staff follow-up any reported cases of bullying and encourage students to report if they have been bullied.

“As a safety guard against cyber bullying, we ban mobile phones from school and social networking sites are filtered so kids can’t access those sites. The reason is to minimise the risk of cyber bullying in school… and we take a pro-active approach to minimising risk of exposure.”

To better equip state schools with cyber safety, Education Minister Cameron Dick has announced world-leading system eSmart will be rolled out across Queensland schools.

Mr Dick said eSmart, which was developed by The Alannah and Madeline Foundation, will provide state schools with an effective system to develop strategies to manage cyber safety including cyber bullying.

“A lot of good work is being done in Queensland schools around bullying and cyber bullying but this system will give schools another tool to help them deal with these challenging issues,” Mr Dick said.

“eSmart provides direct access to resources, assists schools in developing plans, policies and procedures, and encourages positive partnerships with parents.

“Cyber safety is a serious issue which requires collective attention and action from government, school staff, school communities, parents and students.

“All students have the right to learn in a safe, supportive and nurturing environment so they can reach their full potential in life.”

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