Wellbeing Projects

Existing bullying, cyberbullying sexting and the law resources and future needs of the educational and socio-cultural communities

School children on electronicsDr Barbara Spears

This research project will employ a mixed methods approach to gather the insights of key stakeholders into the issue of: existing bullying, cyberbullying sexting and the law resources and future needs of the educational and socio-cultural communities. It will also link with a larger Australian research corpus which has examined views from students, teachers and lawyers from across Australia. The study will be guided by a small advisory group, including representatives from DECD, so that the ongoing communication strategy is maintained between the DECD and the research team.

This project is funded by the Department for Education and Child Development (2016): $20,000


The evaluation of the Safe Schools Hub

To view the Safe Schools Hub Project Evaluation Report CLICK HERE

Dr Barbara Spears, Dr Carmel Taddeo, Dr Debbie Price with invited expertise from the Wellbeing Research Group via Dr Lesley-Anne EyDr Deborah Green

This project evaluates the Safe Schools Hub for Education Services Australia and the Department of Education and Training. The Safe Schools Hub is the resource centre for the National Safe Schools Framework, a key policy for Australian schools. The research will involve key stakeholders' views from across Australia, including teachers, principals and where relevant, parents and students.


This project is funded by Education Services Australia/Department of Education (2014-2015): $50,000

A legally-informed intervention for schools to prevent and intervene in cases of cyberbullying

A/Prof Marilyn A Campbell, Prof Desmond Butler, Prof Donna S Cross, Dr Barbara Spears, Prof Sally M Kift, Prof Phillip T Slee and Mr Andrew

Cyberbullying is a growing problem for young people as well as amongst adults in the workplace. This project will develop and trial a legally informed intervention which will be delivered by young people in order to increase student, parent and teacher knowledge of the law to prevent and manage cyberbullying incidents.

This project is funded by the ARC Linkage Project LP110200330 scheme (2012-2014) and administered via QUT.
Partner Organisations: Australia and New Zealand Education Law Association Queensland Chapter, Brisbane Girls Grammar School, Emil Ford and Co, Macrossans Lawyers, Queensland Guidance and Counselling Association, Queensland Independent Education Union of Employees, Queensland Teachers Union of Employees

Cyberbullying, Sexting and the Law

Dr Barbara Spears, Prof Phillip T Slee

A qualitative investigation of stakeholders' and young people's understanding of these issues, to inform education policy in collaboration with Flinders University (Prof Phillip Slee) and the Department of Education and Child Development.

This project is funded by the Minister for Education and Children’s Services (2014): $32,475


CRC: Young and Well - Safe and Well Online

Dr Barbara Spears, Dr Carmel Taddeo, Ms Valentina Borbone, Dr Philippa Collin, Prof Judy Drennan, Ms Cecilia Hilder, Ms Larisa Karklins, Mr Mark Razzell, Mr Alex Stretton, Mr Mike Zeederberg

The Safe and Well Online Study is part of an Australian Government supported initiative called the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, an Australia-based, international research centre that unites young people with researchers, practitioners and policy makers from over 75 partner organisations across the non-profit, academic, government and corporate sectors. The Australian Federal Government Department of Industry has provided $27.5 million funding, and Young and Well CRC has secured $8.3 million in case and over $80 million of in-kind contributions from our 14 Essential Participants, industry partners and over 50 end-user beneficiaries. The purpose of the Young and Well CRC is to explore the role of technology in young people’s lives, and to determine how those technologies can be used to improve the mental health and wellbeing of those aged 12 to 25.

The Safe and Well Online study, in partnership with young people, community, government, end-users, research organisations and the digital media industry is developing and testing a program of online, youth-centred social communications to promote young people’s safety and wellbeing online. To date, two of four campaigns have been cogenerated with young people, Keep it tame (2012) and awarding winning Appreciate a mate (2013) The study is using innovative digital data collection to measure reach, outcome and impact of campaign activity whilst determining the efficacy of attitudinal and behaviour change in young people. The study uses commercial online advertising techniques and methodologies to engage with young people and deliver messages and educative tools to promote positive behavioural change.

Reports available for download:

This project is funded by the Cooperative Research Centre: Young and Well (2011-2015): $1,702,667

Adults Perceptions of Bullying in Early Childhood

Dear Parents, Teachers and School Support Officers, This project aims to explore parents’, teachers’ and school support officers’ perceptions of bullying in early childhood. The study’s intention is to acquire information about parents’ and educational professionals’ understanding, to place an emphasis on the importance of initiating preventative efforts as early as necessary. It may also inform the development of pre-service teacher courses and school resources to support teachers in managing such behaviours.

Parents’, teachers’ and school support officers’ in Australia are invited to participate in an online survey to investigate their perceptions of bullying in early childhood. It is anticipated that this survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

All information will be stored on secure, password protected UniSA servers. All data is anonymous. Participation is voluntary and you may discontinue the survey at any time with no consequence. All data will be treated as confidential and only viewed by the researchers.

All data will be securely stored in a locked room located on the University of South Australia, Magill Campus for a period of 5 years in compliance with the University's policy on the storage and retention of research data. A summary of the research findings will be submitted for publication.

If you require further information about this research, please contact Dr Lesley Ey (Tel: +61 8 8302 4600) or Prof. Marilyn Campbell (Tel: +61 3138 3806) who will be happy to answer any of your questions.

Thank you for this opportunity to work with you. Completion of the survey will assume your informed consent to participate in this study.

Click here to take the survey.

This research has been approved by the University of South Australia Human Research Ethics Committee. If you have any ethical concerns about the research, please do not hesitate to contact Executive Officer of the University of South Australia’s Human Research Ethics Committee, Vicki Allen (Tel: 8302 3118).

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