Students stand up against bullying on National Day of Action

REDLANDS school students joined millions of others across Australia to mark the ninth National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence on Friday.

Mount Cotton State School students got creative with a crazy hair day to illustrate the importance of celebrating individuality.

Other local schools asked their students to wear orange to mark the occasion.

More than 2.4 million students attending 5726 schools across Australia took part in the National Day of Action on February 15, compared to 1.88 million students across 4355 schools in 2018.

Students, teachers and principals used the day to learn about the impacts of bullying, how to stamp it out and how to start the chat with children about preventing cyberbullying and staying safe online.

About one in four Australian students between year 4 and year 9 reported being bullied every few weeks or more often.

Australian Council of State School Organisations board chair Kevan Goodworth said bullying was not restricted to schools, but also existed in workplaces, homes and the wider community.

"Our young people often reflect modelled behaviour," he said.

"With the ever increasing use of online technology we are seeing bullying appear in many different mediums (and) as adults we must continue to raise our awareness of how to keep our young people safe online.

"Schools should be a safe place for our children."