School policies on bullying
New Zealand's schools are proactive about preventing bullying - or are supposed to be! The education departments in schools have clear anti-bullying polices. Generally speaking, bullying is not tolerated at New Zealand schools.
Teachers have access to resources on how to deal with the problem, how to discuss the issue with students and what to do if bullying is found to be occurring.
Schools, private and public, nationwide are encouraged to develop anti-bullying programs and strategies. The general philosophy is that every student should be able to feel safe and secure in the school environment.
For more information, talk to your own school about their anti-bullying policies. If you feel the school is not treating a situation seriously, make an urgent appointment to see the principal, who can explain the school's policies and procedures to have the matter resolved as quickly as possible. If you are unhappy with a school's response, you should ask your local MP for advice.
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This article was written by Fiona Baker, former editor in chief of Mother & Baby, Pregnancy & Birth and Wondertime magazines, for Kidspot, New Zealand's leading parenting and pregnancy resource. Sources include Bullying No Way, National Centre Against Bullying, Raising Children Network, and Bullying Hurts.