Workshop explores growing complexity of school bullying

2008-10-08 00:00

“Bullying in local schools has reached pandemic proportions. The number of children we see, both victims and perpetrators, has grown exponentially in the last two or three years,” said Dr Beverley Killian, head of the School of Psychology’s Child and Family Centre (CFC) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (Pietermaritzburg).

Killian was speaking at a workshop that the CFC ran recently for teachers, “Enhancing Educator Excellence”, which addressed the issues of discipline and bullying in schools.

An intern educational psychologist at the centre, Naomi Holdt, gave a presentation on how to beat bullying in schools.

She said the KwaZulu-Natal branch of Childline receives about 1 280 bullying-related calls a month.

“Research in Canada showed that one in six children is bullied.

“Through technology, bullying has become more complex and subtle, now including ‘cyberbullying’ or ‘technobullying’ through cellphones and the Internet.

“Bullying has also created a new category of suicide, called ‘bullycide’, which is children who commit suicide because they have been bullied. For example, there were 75 of these deaths in the UK between 1994 and 2005.”

Holdt encouraged teachers to get their schools to draft anti-bullying policies that adopt a “whole-school approach” in which all stakeholders are consulted: pupils, teachers and parents.

She suggested they start with an anonymous pupil survey to find out what bullying is occurring.

“You will be surprised to find how much bullying is going on in your schools and where it occurs,” she said.

Killian said the CFC has launched the workshop to try to provide teachers with better understanding of the psychosocial issues in the classroom.

“The types of cases that we see at the CFC are much more complex than 10 or 15 years ago. From this we know that the challenges teachers face are far more complex too.”

Forty teachers from 10 local primary and secondary schools attended the workshop. They identified a range of topics on which the CFC will run future workshops.

The CFC trains postgraduate psychology students. As part of their training, they provide psychological assessment and psychotherapy for a negotiable charge for people from local communities.

They work with children, adults, families and communities.

For further information, contact the Child and Family Centre at 033 260 5166.

juliadd@witness.co.za

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.