The theme of Bullying-Free New Zealand Week 2018 is ‘Let’s talk about it’ and ‘Ace: A Horsey Tail of Courage’ encourages children to speak-up and report incidents of bullying whether they are the victims or witnesses of the bullying.
In 2017, the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) produced a report on students’ well-being. Fifteen-year old students in 51 countries were surveyed about perceived bullying and New Zealand students reported the second-highest rate of bullying in the OECD.
Among the Kiwi students, just over a quarter reported being bullied at least a few times a month. This is more than double the OECD average and Children’s Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft described this statistic as “utterly unacceptable and deeply disturbing.”
The OECD report described bullying as a “serious threat” that can have ongoing consequences for the victim, the bully and bystanders.