Children are invited to take the following pledge:
Bullying makes every day hard. It makes people feel isolated, unimportant and afraid to go to school. I have the power to stop bullying by getting involved in a few specific ways. Here is my pledge:
I will speak up - I will take a stand when I see young people humiliating or hurting each other. I will talk about bullying with my friends and the adults in my life, so everyone knows I think it's wrong.
I will advocate - I will stick up for others who might be in need of my help, and not just my closest friends.
I will be a role model - I will not use my phone or computer to spread rumors or say hateful things, and I won't ignore it when others are cruel and intimidating.
Stopping bullying begins with me. Taking this pledge can change someone's life in a meaningful way. I will forward it to my friends and family to help grow a community committed to ending bullying. I will speak up.
If they add their postcode it appears upon a map which shows other pledges from other postcodes around Australia. People are invited to Share their pledge with friends and family.
Garrett said, "Under our National Plan for School Improvement, we want every school in the country to have a safe school plan in place which details how they will tackle bullying. However, all of these tools, while valuable, will only be effective if everyone works together to stand up and address bullying."
Mark Butler MP, Minister for Mental Health and Ageing said: "Young people dealing with bullying are not alone. Bullying can lead to mental health issues so we also encourage young people with concerns about the mental health of themselves or someone they know to check out www.mindhealthconnect.com.au which is Australia's only online gateway to mental health services and support.
"These innovative new initiatives recognise that four in five Australians turn to the web for information about their health, including their mental health, and it's important to ensure accurate information is available where young people will look for it."
Facebook's Mia Garlick stressed to ABC Technology that kids should not be forced to sign the pledge, and that the campaign "Works better as a conversation rather than a directive... making it a mandate doesn't work."
More on the campaign can be found at facebook.com/beboldstopbullyingau