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Break Through Bullying aims to raise community awareness of bullying and provide products to support the teaching of positive response strategies for children and young people.

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Who we are?

Break Through Bullying was established in 2003 to ‘bring light’ to bullying issues
and teach positive response strategies to school aged students who are faced
with conflict situations or experiencing bullying. The Break Through Bullying logo
features the image of the Fist of Freedom, symbolising the ongoing pursuit of
justice and fair treatment of all people in our world.

Break Through Bullying Director, Melissa Graham is an educator with over
twenty-five years of teaching and student behaviour support experience.

Bullying can be hurtful, and students who experience bullying can be left feeling
helpless. It is important that students are empowered to stand up for themselves
and learn the skills required to be confident, resilient and adaptable.

Break Through Bullying products are designed to be eye-catching, informative
and educational. The products encourage educators to help students to ‘break
through the bullying cycle’ by offering practical response strategies for students
to choose from when faced with bullying situations. Students are empowered to
change the situation, or assist another student, by using a strategy suited to their
age and level of development.

If you would like to contact Melissa please email
mel@breakthroughbullying.com.au

Break Through Bullying products are to be implemented by teachers, guidance officers or counsellors, OSHC workers, psychologists, social workers or child care workers using the poster and accompanying teaching information brochure. These educators and specialists working with young people are responsible for providing a safe and supportive learning environment, giving feedback and offering ongoing support for students to learn positive response strategies.

About Melissa

Melissa Graham

Melissa Graham

Founder and Director - Break Through Bullying

 

Melissa Graham is an educator with over twenty-five years of experience in teaching,
student behaviour support, inclusive education and student wellbeing.

Working with Education Queensland as an actor for the Logan Learners for
Life, ‘Fair Go’ program, a workshop providing students with the opportunity to
role play positive responses to bullying situations, Melissa had firsthand
experience of the serious nature of bullying. Using her creativity, she captured
the essence of the positive strategies students could choose from when faced
with conflict or a potential bullying situation on posters. This is how Break
Though Bullying began in 2003, providing educators with information and visual
supports for teaching positive response strategies to students.

Melissa has presented Break Through Bullying workshops in schools – for
students and teachers, Life Education Queensland, youth services and sporting
associations.

 

Testimonials

“Break Through Bullying products offer children a visual aid to remind them of appropriate anti-bullying strategies. It is an easy, kid- friendly method of understanding the various techniques children may use to combat bullying. It highlights the different forms of bullying so that children can learn the correct way to manage a situation. As a psychologist, these products can reinforce behaviours that have been modelled in small group or one-to-one sessions. I find these aids both helpful and fun when teaching kids the essentials about bullying.”

– Christine Bagley-Jones, Counselling Psychologist.
“Thank you so much for your Break Through Bullying presentation. It was effective for our class. The students now openly discuss things they have seen and experienced while at school, and refer to the skills on the poster. They also try acting in a manner that helps create a positive and productive classroom environment.”

– Year 6 Classroom Teacher
“As a parent of a very gentle natured 6 year old, I have found the Break Through Bullying AWARE poster very helpful. I found Break Through Bullying when I was searching the internet. My son has had the AWARE poster on his wall ever since and we have referred to it many times to give him strategies to deal with children that he is feeling threatened by. I would highly recommend Break Through Bullying posters to any parent, child and even adults who are having difficulty with bullying in their lives.”

– Concerned Parent

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