Internationally recognised psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg has called for the development of a world-first app, which rates schools on how seriously they take bullying.
Speaking from the National Centre Against Bullying Conference (NCAB) in Melbourne, Dr Carr-Gregg said the app should enable parents to check if the schools they send their children to were capable of addressing bullying and cyber bullying.
He said the program would ideally be able to indicate if the school had an adequate set of policies to deal with any form of bullying behaviour.
The conference, an initiative of the Alannah & Madeline Foundation, has attracted some of the world’s leading authorities on bullying to the Crown Conference Centre on July 28 and 29.
Dr Carr-Gregg, who is hosting the second and final day of the conference today, said “all governments should focus on developing an app to ensure that schools have policies in place to protect students and their parents have a greater role in understanding”.
“All children have a legal right to learn in a safe environment,” Dr Carr-Gregg said. “Parents are increasingly concerned that schools do not just say the right words but have a track record of implementing the policies on bullying.”
He also called on all governments to introduce the National Safe Schools Policy to ensure greater uniformity in the approach to addressing bullying in schools
Dr Carr-Gregg is a founding member of NCAB and sits on the Federal Government's Online Safety Working Group.
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