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Bully Stoppers

ACMI Education, in partnership with the Student Wellbeing and Engagement Division of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD), has helped schools implement ways to combat face-to-face and online bullying in their school communities as part of the DEECD Bully Stoppers program.

Bully Stoppers supports parents, teachers and principals in creating safe and supportive environments that empower people to help reduce bullying in Victorian schools.

In 2012, three components of the Bully Stoppers project were completed.

In a hands-on filmmaking workshop at ACMI, primary school students, their teachers and the ACMI Education team worked together to create a film designed to help prevent bullying.

ACMI Education also worked with selected senior school students to create a phone app promoting cybersafety and providing security tips to students in years 5 to 8. 

In 2013, ACMI Education continued to work with DEECD, teachers and students to develop digital resources aimed at promoting the message that bullying is unacceptable and should not be tolerated.

The process began with a project titled Growing Up Digital in which Robyn Treyvaud worked with Haileybury College students to develop teaching methods around digital citizenship with a focus on student voice and engagement. ACMI Education then worked with DEECD, Robyn and staff from Haileybury to teach children how to make digital stories that encourage young people to recognise ‘active bystanders’ and to support others in becoming ‘active bystanders’.

Other projects include:

  • a digital montage highlighting Bully Stoppers
  • a series of vodcasts presented by experts
  • the creation of content for an iPhone app by senior secondary school students with an ACMI Educator that helps raise students’ awareness of the potential consequences of sexting
  • a professional learning resource that helps schools use Lee Hirsch’s 2011 documentary Bully

Growing Up Digital