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"Covert bullying includes spreading rumours and lies, revealing secrets, 

excluding others and cyber-bullying. It affects around one in six (16 per cent) of Australian students."


"Teachers and parents have been so effective in reducing bullying behaviour in schools that it has gone ‘underground’, with young people who bully turning to covert methods to avoid detection."

  • "Having lies, rumours or secrets spread were the most commonly experienced covert bullying behaviours, each experienced by over a third of students who had been covertly bullied"


"Professor Donna Cross, from ECU’s Child Health Promotion Research Centre, said covert bullying behaviours cause a great deal of distress and psychological harm."



http://www.ecu.edu.au/news/media-releases/2013/03/new-approach-to-tackle-covert-bullying-in-schools




New approach to tackle covert bullying in schools

Friday, 15 March 2013

Teachers and parents have been so effective in reducing bullying behaviour in schools that it has gone ‘underground’, with young people who bully turning to covert methods to avoid detection.
Covert bullying includes spreading rumours and lies, revealing secrets, excluding others and cyber-bullying. It affects around one in six (16 per cent) of Australian students.
Recognising the difficulty in identifying and stamping out covert bullying, researchers from Edith Cowan University (ECU) are advocating a new approach that works with the student who bullies to help him/her change their behaviour.

Friendly Schools PLUS, a new resource to be rolled out to schools across Australia and developed by researchers from ECU’s Child Health Promotion Research Centre, focuses on building the emotional intelligence of children.

The idea is that the children who use bullying to gain status, respect or friends, are taught how to achieve this in a healthier, more positive way. 

The targets of bullying are given skills so that they can deal more effectively with bullying including techniques to help them discourage the behaviour.

Professor Donna Cross, from ECU’s Child Health Promotion Research Centre, said covert bullying behaviours cause a great deal of distress and psychological harm.

“Our research has found that students who were covertly bullied, or who covertly bullied others, reported higher levels of loneliness at school, felt less safe at school and were more likely to experience difficulties such as emotional symptoms, conduct problems, inattention and peer relationship problems,” Professor Cross said.

“We know that covert bullying can have an extraordinary impact on the ability of students to learn effectively. The difficulty is that covert bullying, by its very nature, is difficult to detect.”

“Rather than seeking to punish the behaviour, our research has identified strategies to help schools to reduce the likelihood of it happening in the first place.”
Friendly Schools PLUS is the first anti-bullying strategy for schools to be based on extensive research with Australian children and adolescents. It draws on 13 major research projects conducted over 15 years involving 27,000 Australian school students.
Friendly Schools PLUS helps schools to examine how they are currently developing social and emotional skills with students as well as strategies for bullying prevention, and then helps schools to identify gaps and strategically build their school’s capacity to address these gaps using widely tested strategies.
It will be officially launched this week to coincide with this year’s National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence on Friday, 15 March 2013.
The National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence provides a focus for schools who want to say “Bullying. No Way!” and strengthen their everyday messages that bullying and violence at school are not okay at any time.

Prevalence of covert bullying in Australia:

  • Students in Years 5, 6 and 8 were most likely to report being covertly bullied (18-20%) and those in Year 9 least likely (12%);
  • This form of bullying was experienced slightly more often by girls (18%) compared with boys (15%) and in Government schools (17%) more often than non-Government schools (14%);
  • 5% of students experienced covert bullying most days and 9% experienced some form of covert bullying at least once a week;
  • Having lies, rumours or secrets spread were the most commonly experienced covert bullying behaviours, each experienced by over a third of students who had been covertly bullied; and
  • The majority of students (61%) who had been bullied in any way had also experienced covert bullying (either on its own or in conjunction with overt bullying).
Media contact: Rhys Stacker, Corporate Communications Manager, (08) 6304 2131, r.stacker@ecu.edu.au
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