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The Alannah & Madeline Foundation supports National Day of Action Against Bullying

On Friday 18 March, the sixth National Day of Action Against Bullying will remind Australians about the often devastating impact of bullying in our society. More than one quarter of young people are bullied every fortnight while one in 10 are cyber bullied every few weeks.

National Day of Action Against Bullying is a Federal Government initiative, which encourages schools to focus on the issue of bullying in our community. The Alannah & Madeline Foundation, which auspices the National Centre Against Bullying (NCAB), has been a thought leader in research and bullying prevention during the past two decades.

The Foundation runs a series of anti-bullying programs including eSmart Schools and eSmart Libraries as well as the innovative eSmart Digital Licence which help children, parents and schools understand how to be smart, safe and responsible when navigating the digital world. More than a third of Australian schools are registered for eSmart Schools, almost half of public libraries participate while more than 120,000 students are using the eSmart Digital Licence.

This year the Foundation’s biennial NCAB Conference will be held in Melbourne at July 28 and 29. Focusing on the theme Towards Bullying Solutions – Theory and Practice, experts from across the world will be discussing the latest ways to address bullying behaviour.

The Foundation’s Senior Advisor Bullying and NCAB Manager Sandra Craig said the issue of bullying affected everyone so it was up to everyone to maintain efforts to help reduce its impact on the community.

“We must all act to stop bullying in all the places where children and youth live, work and play,” Ms Craig said.

The Alannah & Madeline Foundation CEO Dr Judith Slocombe said National Day of Action Against Bullying was an important day to remind Australians that bullying is still prevalent in both face-to-face and online settings.

“The Alannah & Madeline Foundation works every day to help reduce the amount and impact of bullying in Australian schools,” Dr Slocombe said.

“It’s important for us to work closely with all levels of Government and the education sector to take a whole of community approach when it comes to bullying and its prevention.”

For more information on the Foundation’s anti-bullying programs go to www.amf.org.au.

To speak to our bullying experts and for all media inquiries contact Adrian Bernecich: 03 9697 0683, 0416 045 701 or adrian.bernecich@amf.org.au.

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