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Bullying & Cyber Safety in Education 2017

Bullying and cyberbullying is a growing concern for children, their parents and guardians, schools and governments. With increased media focus and the growth in new social media platforms, bullying has never been such a concern.
Konnect Learning brings you our first Preventing Bullying in Australian Education 2017 event. We have created platform for proactive discussion, relevant and interesting keynote addresses and practical case studies from leading principals and educational leaders from around Australia.
In addition to these representatives from independent, religious and state schools, we have the pleasure of welcoming the e-Safety commissioner, Government bodies, Facebook, Twitter and world-leading researchers to the event.

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  01 - 03 May 2017
The Grace Hotel


Principals and senior educational leaders from some of the largest and most respected independent, state and religious schools in Australia. Complimented by prominent leaders within Facebook, Twitter, eSafety Commissioner and state government bodies.


A range of sessions that include keynote addresses, case studies, panel discussions and workshops all aimed at covering a wide-range of topics in the bullying space and designed to provoke thought and action in this growing area of concern.


Interactive training courses that are designed to give you the skills and exposure you need to get comfortable with handling bullying cases and setting up frameworks to help support your anti-bullying culture.


77 York Street
Sydney NSW 2000


  • Get updates from the eSafety Commissioner and state government bodies
  • Learn how to educate students at a younger age to combat bullying
  • Understand what you can do on social media platforms to detect bullying
  • Realise the power of parental and community engagement to ensure lasting success
  • Recognise the benefits that positive education and wellbeing has on an anti-bullying culture
  • Learn what a good anti-bullying framework looks like and how to implement one

Who should attend this conference


85%Executive Principals

80%Head Teachers

75%Directors of Learning and Education

75%Heads of Students and Wellbeing

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Key Speakers


Kellie Britnell

Senior Education Advisor

Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner


Mia Garlick

Director of Policy - Australia & NZ



Kara Hinesley

Head of Public Policy - Australia



Dorothy Espelage


University of Florida


James Scott

Associate Professor

The University of Queensland


Cheryl Vardon

Principal Commissioner

Queensland Family & Child Commission


Fabienne Arora

Head of Support Services

Trinity Grammar School


Bob Meakin

Deputy Head – Students

Newington College


Stuart Johnston


The Peninsula School


Stuart Davis


Saint Leonard’s College


Rick McWaters

Head of Pastoral Care

Girton Grammar School


Shawn Kasbergen

Director of Student Wellbeing

Scotch College, SA


Michael Parker


Oxley College


Sue Cahill

Student Wellbeing Leader

St. Charles Borromeo Primary School


Frank Cotela

ICT Leader

St. Charles Borromeo Primary School


Lesley Podesta


Alannah & Madeline Foundation

  • About The Conference

    Our Preventing Bullying in Australian Education 2017 is our first event in the education sector. Bringing together senior leaders from education, state government and social media platforms, you will learn how others educational leaders are combatting bullying in their schools and what the latest research is on bullying prevention, delivered by world-leading researchers. You also will get the chance to hear from the e-Safety commissioner, Government bodies, Facebook and Twitter on this growing topic.

  • About The Workshops

    Two workshops are being held on the third day of our conference.

    The first of these workshops is being delivered by the renowned Dorothy Espelage from the University of Florida and gives delegates a chance to understand what great anti-bullying policies should cover and how procedures fall out of a policy and act as a prevention against cyberbullying.

    The second innovative workshop will immerse participants in a simulated exercise where they manage an unfolding situation which incorporates sexting and revenge porn, designed to give them exposure to real-world events that are likely to happen.

  • Conference Agenda

    DAY ONE – 1ST MAY 2017

    8:30 Registration, morning coffee and tea

    8:50 Opening remarks from chair

    Latest Thinking & Updates

    9:05am Opening Keynote: An update from the Office of Children’s eSafety Commissioner

    The role of the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner: in addition to facilitating rapid removal of serious cyberbullying material targeted at Australian children, the Office provides online safety education, a complaints service and addresses illegal online content. The Office is committed to helping young people have safe, positive experiences online and our goal is to empower all Australians to explore the online world, safely.

    •  A detailed review of the 2015-16 report, with specific focus on:
      • Trends in the number of cases of cyberbullying
      • Movements in the type and nature of cyberbullying cases
    • Understanding the definitions of cyberbullying and the cyberbullying complaints scheme
    • An informed update on the expanding scope of the Commissioner from purely cyberbullying
    • Introduction to iParent and other tools that can drive parental engagement with cyberbullying

    Kellie Britnell, Senior Education Advisor, Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner

    09:50am Creating partnerships and alliances to strengthen cyber safety and reduce the impact on children

    • The Queensland Family & Child Commission’s role in encouraging online safety for children, young people and their families
    • An update on the work being done between the Queensland Family & Child Commission and other agencies including the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner
    • Recognising how your institution can benefit from partnering with the Commission and other agencies

    Cheryl Vardon, Principal Commissioner, Queensland Family & Child Commission

    10:35am: Morning Tea

    10:55am Assessing the impact of bullying: cyberbullying as part of a broader bullying culture

    • Understanding that cyberbullying is only part of the problem: reframing cyberbullying as a vehicle for wider bullying issues
    • Measuring the true impact of bullying and the affects this has on a child as they move through their educational journey
    • Recognising you have a bullying problem even though it may not be cyber-specific

    James Scott, The University of Queensland, Associate Professor

    11:40am Recognising anti-bullying challenges with students who need additional support

    • Exploring when a child may be more vulnerable to bullying:
      • Gifted & talented
      • Disabilities
      • English as Second Language
    • Background to how Trinity Education Support Services works with students
    • Preventative measures schools/colleges can adopt to prevent bullying of vulnerable students

    Fabienne Arora, Head of Support Services, Trinity Grammar School

    12:25 Lunch 

    Trends of cyberbullying

    1:25pm Clamping down on a bullying culture as early as possible

    • Appreciating that technology is being adopted from a younger age:
      • Media that most teachers are not aware of
    • Adapting education to reflect the ‘technology savvy, but not socially savvy’ student
    • Understanding how to engage with younger students for best-practice prevention

    Shawn Kasbergen, Director of Student Wellbeing, Scotch College, SA

    2:10am Facebook session – TBC

    Mia Garlick, Director of Policy – Australia & NZ, Facebook

    2:55pm Protecting children on Twitter: the trends of bullying, detecting and preventing cyberbullying on the social network

    • Exploring how bullying on Twitter has changed and is continuing to develop
    • Techniques to support detection and prevention of cyberbullying between students on Twitter
    • Understanding how Twitter can be used to promote positive communication to combat bullying
    • Appreciating the internal systems and procedures at Twitter that help keep children and students safe online

    Kara Hinesley, Head of Public Policy – Australia, Twitter 

    3:40pm Afternoon Tea

    Interplay of responsibilities

    4:00pm Understanding where the responsibilities lie for preventing cyberbullying

    • The roles parties play in protecting children: a look at Newington College
    • Exploring the disconnect and detachment when it comes to who is responsible
    • Ways to build relationships and frameworks to engage teachers, parents and students – Parent Support Groups, Parents & Friends Association

    Bob Meakin, Deputy Head – Students, Newington College

    4:45pm Case study: Engaging parents in an active and proactive way to prevent bullying

    • Understanding how parental engagement supports bullying prevention and detection
    • A detailed look at how parental engagement is gained with skeptic parents and guardians
      • Engaging parents through Parent’s Associations at Saint Leonard’s College
    • How adapting to different parental and family situations is crucial to gain buy-in

    Stuart Davis, Principal, Saint Leonard’s College

    5:30 End of Day One

    DAY TWO – 2ND MAY 2017

    8:30 Registration, morning coffee and tea

    8:50 Opening remarks from chair

    Frameworks that Prevent Bullying

    9:05am Encouraging Australia’s youth to be smart, safe and responsible online

    • Driving behaviour change – creating a culture of shared concern
    • The origin and evolution of the eSmart framework
    • The latest youth cyber-risks and the Foundation’s responses

    Lesley Podesta, CEO, Alannah & Madeline Foundation

    9:50am Benefits of adopting an anti-bullying framework: perspectives of a smaller primary school

    • Recognising the benefits of adopting relevant frameworks: regardless of institution size
    • Deep-dive into how a framework was adopted and embedded in the institution
    • Lessons learnt from framework adoption

    Sue Cahill, St. Charles Borromeo Primary School, Student Wellbeing Leader

    Frank Cotela, ICT Leader, St. Charles Borromeo Primary School

    10:35am Morning Tea

    10:55am Recognising that poor bullying frameworks produce further issues

    • Understanding that poorly selected and implemented anti-bullying frameworks result in:
      • An increase in the number of bullying cases
      • Negative institutional cultures
      • Poor teaching outcomes and results
      • Evaluating what makes a robust and strong framework to combat bullying
      • What you can do to move your bullying framework from mediocre to best practice

    Dorothy Espelage, Professor, University of Florida

    Anti-bullying Cultures

    11:40am Bringing Emotional Intelligence to education: improving wellbeing, welfare and culture

    • Recognising a need to look beyond your own institute for expertise when it comes to organisational culture
    • Background to the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence
    • Understanding what Emotional Intelligence is, why it is important for students, and how it supports an anti-bullying culture
    • Developing and embedding Emotional Intelligence concepts – even if they come from partners who are abroad
      • Measuring the effectiveness of those partnerships

    Rick McWaters, Head of Pastoral Care, Girton Grammar School

    12:25 Lunch

    1:25pm Reducing bullying and cyberbullying at an institutional-level: student bullying is not the whole issue

    • Recognising that bullying doesn’t just happen in the classroom:
      • The growing issue of parents, guardians and teachers when it comes to bullying
    • Being able to understand your organisation has a bullying issue wider than students
    • Exploring what a school/college can do to influence bullying cultures with teachers and parents

    Stuart Johnston, Principal, The Peninsula School (over 1,400 students)

    2:10pm Panel discussion – Should overseas and minority pupils be treated differently with bullying?

    • With bullying, do we need to consider what is appropriate behaviour in the context of various cultures/countries before acting?
    • Should we consider the personal values of students and their parents in cases of bullying?
    • Is it moral and ethical to differentiate behaviours of students when it comes to cyberbullying?
    • Where do we draw the line with what is acceptable and not acceptable in bullying?

    Stuart Johnston, Principal, The Peninsula School
    Michael Parker
    , Principal, Oxley College

    2.55pm Providing ongoing support of victims and perpetrators of bullying

    • Appreciating that a ‘3-strikes-and-you’re-out’ approach does not have long-term benefits
    • Taking the time to understand why perpetrators bully and addressing the real issues
    • Effects of bullying don’t stop when the perpetrator is removed from the school

    Paul Burgis, Principal, Presbyterian Ladies’ College

    3:40pm Afternoon Tea

    Positive Approaches to Combat Bullying

    4:00pm Taking a proactive approach to continually reassess anti-bullying and child safety policies

    • Recognising that the world of bullying and cyberbullying is constantly changing
    • Evaluating how often policies and procedures need to adapt to reflect these changes
    • What an evaluation of a policy looks like for Al-Taqwa College and what this means for your institute

    4:45pm Using social media to combat cyberbullying

    • Understanding why a ‘turn it off’ approach isn’t the best route to prevent cyberbullying
    • Setting the tone for positive dialogue on social media through an active presence
    • Embracing social media as part of the education piece of cyberbullying

    5:30 End of Day Two


  • Workshop Agenda

    DAY THREE – 3RD MAY 2017

    9.00am – 12.30am Workshop A – Defining your policies and procedures to prevent cyberbullying

    Bullying is not new; it has evolved alongside technology and now it is online. There are always new websites and platforms and therefore new ways of bullying. A lot of schools and colleges have yet to introduce policies to address bullying and even less have specific procedures in place to deal with cases when they happen.

    This workshop will assist participants to form a practical and proactive framework to address bullying and cyberbullying throughout their institution. Participants will scope out specific procedures they should have in place when policies are breached.

    Learning outcomes:

    • Understand what anti-bullying policies should look like and cover
    • Appreciate how procedures fall out of a policy and act as a prevention against cyberbullying
    • Map out procedures and steps that can be introduced when policies are breached

    Dorothy Espelage, Professor, University of Florida

    12:30 Lunch

    1:30pm – 5.00pm Workshop B – Simulation – dealing with sexting and revenge porn

    Sexting and revenge porn cases are a growing concern for educational institutes. These two areas are becoming more common in younger aged children and can easily transform into cyberbullying cases. Unfortunately, there is not a lot of support for teachers and institutes in dealing with these.

    This workshop will immerse and guide participants through a real-time simulated exercise where they are exposed to different types of media including video, audio and text.  Participants work in small groups to manage the unfolding situation which will incorporate sexting and revenge porn.

    Learning outcomes:

    • Provide a unique opportunity to manage, practice and develop the skills of Incident and Emergency Management within a safe and controlled environment
    • Gain learnings from other participants throughout the simulation
    • Opportunity to practice responses to situations that participants may be exposed to within their school environment

    John Allen, CEO, Safe & Secure Schools

    4:30 End of Day Three


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