The National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA) is held on the third Friday of March every year. The NDA is Australia’s key anti-bullying campaign for schools, and provides an opportunity for school communities across the country to take a stand together against bullying and violence. The NDA is delivered by Bullying. No Way! to help schools find workable solutions to bullying in their communities.
We've had a bumper few weeks celebrating National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence on 15 March 2019 followed by Harmony Week on 17 to 23 March 2019.
Standing side-by-side with school students across Australia, we marked the ninth National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence by promoting this year's theme of 'Bullying. No Way! Take action every day'....
Bullying. No Way! Take Action Every Day
The importance of bullying awareness and education in our schools cannot be overstated. Which is why we’re proud to yet again be a supporter of the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence happening on Friday 15th March 2019.
Working with teachers and students we’ll be delivering our bullying programs to ten high schools and primary schools throughout Australia to help celebrate and reinforce this year’s theme: ‘Bullying. No Way! Take action every day’. This is a theme that is close to our hearts, with our anti-bullying programs performed every school day throughout the year and seen by over 360,000 students annually.
Humans are hard-wired to pay attention to the negative. This ‘negativity bias’ is an ancient survival tool that helps us remain vigilant and respond to threats in our environment. Parents, caregivers and teachers will know this bias all too well, often finding themselves honing in on children’s shortcomings and pointing out the behaviours they need to change. This is a normal human response – we do it because we want children to stay safe and do well in the world!
But in the process we can forget to acknowledge their strengths.
What a week! It all kicked-off with the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence on Friday 16th March, followed by World Day of Theatre for Children on Tuesday 20th March and lastly Harmony Day on Wednesday 21st March.