THE The article âTackle child bullying issue nowâ (theSun, December 29, 2021) will resonate with many parents, teachers and children.
The seriousness of the problem of bullying at school is evidenced by our Department of Education’s system of student disciplinary misconduct, which shows a sharp increase in cases of bullying at school.
All children should have the opportunity to learn in a safe environment, both physically and emotionally.
Bullying is a serious problem and, if left unchecked, can adversely affect children’s education and emotional and physical well-being.
Children who are bullied often suffer on their own and may carry their scars with them for the rest of their lives, and their true talents may never be known. Experts have also found that bullying children often end up bullying other children.
A clear and strong policy of zero tolerance towards bullying must be implemented in schools.
Teachers and staff should have a mandatory reporting system to deal with this serious problem.
Parents, as role models, are stakeholders who must also work with schools to reduce bullying; including talking to their children about the negative effects of their classmates who bully them.
School education is not just a question of academic or athletic performance; but must include learning and practicing the values ââof social empathy. Simply put, empathy is the ability to put yourself in another person’s shoes, to feel another person’s stress or pain.
Schools and homes need to develop a positive culture with children, which critically teaches them not to be passive bystanders when faced with bullying.
Children need to be taught and encouraged to be “honest” and to say firmly “no, that (bullying) is not okay”.
Experts say that positive individual and group pressure in this regard can help eradicate or reduce bullying.
Sze Loong Steve Ngeow