A Current Affair is airing a story tonight on the Catholic Education Office’s Anti-Bullying DVD resource, Fix You. This resource was released in Catholic schools in the Diocese of Wollongong in February this year. The response from students, teachers and parents has been overwhelmingly positive and has subsequently generated significant media interest nationally.
The story features interviews with three young people from Catholic schools in our Diocese, as well as comments from the Director of Schools, Peter Turner.
Peter Turner said: “I’m delighted that A Current Affair has decided to focus on the Anti-Bullying resource. This is more than just a good news story. We are aware that this video has already had a profound effect on the lives of a number of young people and I am hopeful that this resource will have a positive impact on the lives of many more. Our aim is that many young Australians will view this video clip and take a positive stand against bullying, in all its forms.
“I encourage all involved in our Catholic schools, and all in our Diocese, to raise awareness about tonight’s show amongst their family, friends and work colleagues. I also urge people to promote and share the video clip through their social networks. You can watch the video clip in full at www.youtube.com/ceowollongong.”
It is anticipated that more than 1.5 million Australians will view tonight’s screening.
Using the music of Coldplay’s, Fix You, the three minute video clip was produced by students for students, to focus on the deep and lasting impact of bullying and to provide practical strategies for youth to deal with this complex issue. It is designed to engage young people to be courageous and take an active stance in their response to bullying in their school and in the wider community.
The video resource is part of the Catholic Education Office's Student Anti-Bullying Policy that was launched this year in response to the growing concern in schools relating to bullying and the impact on our young people.
The story is scheduled to be aired tonight, Tuesday 31 July, on A Current Affair (ACA) on the Nine Network at 6.30pm (Channel 9 Sydney). Unfortunately, ACA is not airing on WIN TV due to the Olympic Games coverage. For those living in the Illawarra and SouthCoast, you can view the story online at 7pm on ACA’s website: www.ninemsn.com.au/aca