Bullying behaviour harms children and their educational and life outcomes. Bullying is not new and is an issue that all schools face.
About Kia Kaha
Kia Kaha consists of a comprehensive range of anti-bullying resources to help children and young people learn and apply a range of safe practices that they can use to build and maintain successful relationships throughout their lives.
The New Zealand Police recommends that learning activities in Kia Kaha operate within a whole-school approach as described on the Bullying-Free NZ website. In the whole-school approach, parents and whānau contribute to and support the programme.
How parents/whānau can support Kia Kaha
Parents and whānau are strongly encouraged to support Kia Kaha through:
- encouraging the Board of Trustees to establish and regularly review a bullying policy with explicit prevention and response procedures as described on the Bullying-Free NZ website developed by the cross-agency Bullying Prevention Advisory Group.
- encouraging other parents/whānau to attend the parent meeting before the classroom lessons start
- supporting their child with the range of home-based activities that are included in the Kia Kaha programme.
Bullying advice for parents, caregivers and young people
Factsheets on bullying behaviour:
Bullying advice for parents and caregivers (PDF, 163KB)
Bullying-free NZ advice on what parents, caregivers or other adults can do if children are bullied or are bullying others.
Bullying advice for young people (PDF, 576KB)
Bullying-free NZ advice on what young people can do if they’re bullied, if they witness bullying, or if they bully others.
Information for parents on the Bullying-Free NZ website.
Information for young people on the Bullying-Free NZ website.