Creating strong meaningful relationships to reduce bullying

Better Buddies

One student in every four is bullied every two weeks

Bullying is a serious problem in Australia, with around one student in every four bullied every two weeks, or more often. Being bullied can impact children’s self-esteem, behaviour, and their ability to concentrate and perform at school. 


We want to help schools address bullying behaviour by teaching children to create strong, meaningful relationships with one another.

Better Buddies works by pairing new primary school students with an older buddy, helping students entering their first year of primary school to feel safe, valued and connected to their school community.

95 per cent of principals stated that Better Buddies has helped to create a friendly and caring school



Better Buddies has been designed as a curriculum resource for primary schools, to help schools enhance their existing buddy program or introduce a new buddy system into the school.

It is easy to implement and allows teachers to tailor Better Buddies to suit their school, train students to be buddies and source ideas for buddy activities.

 

Better Buddies teaches students the values of caring for others, friendliness, respect, valuing difference, including others and responsibility. The Framework aims to create positive behaviour, as well as build students’ self-esteem, connectedness, social skills, trust and sense of community.

Launched in 2000, Better Buddies is now in almost 2000 Australian schools.

For more information on becoming a Better Buddies school visit: www.betterbuddies.org.au, call 1300 341 343, or email betterbuddies@amf.org.au.

If you are a current Better Buddies school looking to order more Buddy Bears, you need to login to the Better Buddies website. Schools can order bears in packs of 10 at a cost of $80 each incl GST.

Better Buddies Fact Sheet

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Better Buddies Stories

News

Prisoners help prevent school bullying

Victorian prisoners are making a real difference in reducing bullying through the creation of Friendship Seats.

30 July 2013
News

Better Buddies support school transition

The first days at school can be daunting for new prep students and parents alike.

10 December 2014
Events

Buddying up for bullying

On 15 June, hundreds of Australian schools participated in National Buddy Day.

21 June 2016
Events

National Buddy Day

Register to participate in National Buddy Day - Wednesday 15 June - a day to celebrate friendship and help raise awareness of bullying in Australian primary schools.

15 June 2016
News

Castle Cove combats bullying with buddies

Children's author and friend of the Foundation, Aaron Blabey, visited Castle Cove Public School on Thursday 22 August.

26 August 2013
Events

Say Something Campaign

Words hurt, but words can also help. If you see someone getting bullied, say something.

09 January 2017

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