15 Mar KEN’S FOCUS ON FLYNN – STRONG COMMUNITY VITAL TO CREATING A SAFE COMMUNITY
Federal Member for Flynn, Ken O’Dowd is encouraging schools and communities to stand together for the National Day of Action against Bullying & Violence (NDA). Schools across Australia were invited to get their communities involved and stand united against bullying and violence on Friday 15 March 2019.
The NDA is a positive day of action that provides a focus for schools and their communities to talk about the importance of working together against bullying and violence. The day is also an opportunity to focus on the significant changes we can make to create safer communities for everyone.
Ken told Gladstone News that the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence is an excellent opportunity for the community to unite, stand together and raise awareness of this significant issue in society.
“Bullying. No Way. Take Action Every Day is the theme of this year’s National Day of Action. It is important that our communities feel empowered to make a stand and be part of the solution when addressing bullying in schools or within the wider community,” Mr O’Dowd said.
“We all have the ability to make a difference, whether you are a member of a sporting or other community group for young people, if you work with young people, or if you provide health services to children and young people, you have an important role in ensuring all children are safe from bullying,” Mr O’Dowd continued.
Mr O’Dowd said it is crucial for adults, particularly those with public profiles provide positive examples for children and young people of respectful behaviour and of appropriate ways to deal with conflict. “It is also important that we learn how to respond when we see bullying happening in our community. There are many useful resources available online at https://bullyingnoway.gov.au,” Mr O’Dowd explained.
As the Federal Member for Flynn, Ken said he was impressed with the work already done in our community to create a safe and supportive environment for everyone. “Together we can all make a difference; the community has an important role in helping schools and community groups implement their anti-bullying strategies. Our support strengthens their message,” he added.