Teacher columnist - Sue Thomson

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Child safety, School safety, Well being, Gender differences, Academic achievement, International surveys, Bullying, Cyberbullying


Most people would argue that children should feel safe at school. For some children, school is possibly the only place in which they feel safe. However, when we see reports of school shootings and large-scale violence in school communities in other countries, we are reminded that this is not universal. On a more day-to-day level, bullying, and cyberbullying in particular, can significantly influence students’ perceptions of school safety. However, the ramifications of bullying on students’ levels of stress and wellbeing are not always considered as elements of school climate.

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Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)