Bullying hit for a six by City

2018-11-01 06:01

As part of the National Bullying Prevention Month, the City of Cape Town has been taking a stand against this anti-social behaviour among learners.

According to a statement from the City, bullying can lead to low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, loneliness and even suicide, and the City’s Social Development and Early Childhood Development Department presents regular programmes to learners aged nine to 13 to mitigate these risks.

“Bullying places the victims and the perpetrators at risk of academic and psychosocial challenges which may lead to absenteeism, underperformance, dropping out of school and suicide.

Its impact can be felt for decades and bullies are more likely to become involved in criminal activities,” says Mayco member for safety, security and social services, J.P Smith.

The Inter- and Intra-personal Skills Programme was designed by the department’s Substance Abuse Unit, and school principals requested that a bullying component be added.

Through the programme, learners are taught basic inter-personal and intra-personal skills, including training in communication, interaction, and general life skills to improve and enhance their ability to interact with peers.

“We are currently defining an expansion and roll-out plan to reach more learners. Bullying can have tragic consequences and a lasting impact on everyone affected,” says Smith.

The goal of the programme is to improve the self-perception of the learner, build self-esteem, help them be optimistic about their future, teach them perseverance and tolerance of others, manage peer challenges and enhance personal skills, and also teaches participants how to express themselves better, the statement reads.

The department employs graduate learners with a background in development, trains them in the programme and then offers the programme at various spaces and City facilities. The entire programme consists of nine sessions. Each session has a theme and activities.

As part of National Bullying Prevention Month, the City of Cape Town has been taking a stand against this antisocial behaviour among learners.

According to a statement from the City, bullying can lead to low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, loneliness and even suicide, and the City’s Social Development and Early Childhood Development Department presents regular programmes to learners aged nine to 13 to mitigate these risks.

“Bullying places the victims and the perpetrators at risk of academic and psychosocial challenges which may lead to absenteeism, underperformance, dropping out of school and suicide. Its impact can be felt for decades and bullies are more likely to become involved in criminal activities,” says Mayco member for safety, security and social services, JP Smith.

The Inter- and Intra-personal Skills Programme was designed by the department’s Substance Abuse Unit, and school principals requested that a bullying component be added­.

Through the programme, learners are taught basic inter-personal and intra-personal skills, including training in communication, interaction, and general life skills to improve and enhance their ability to interact with peers. The goal of the programme is to improve the self-perception of the learner, build self-esteem, help them be optimistic about their future, and teach them perseverance and tolerance of others.

As part of National Bullying Prevention Month, the City of Cape Town has been taking a stand against this antisocial behaviour among learners.

According to a statement from the City, bullying can lead to low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, loneliness and even suicide, and the City’s Social Development and Early Childhood Development Department presents regular programmes to learners aged nine to 13 to mitigate these risks.

“Bullying places the victims and the perpetrators at risk of academic and psychosocial challenges which may lead to absenteeism, underperformance, dropping out of school and suicide. Its impact can be felt for decades and bullies are more likely to become involved in criminal activities,” says Mayco member for safety, security and social services, JP Smith.

The Inter- and Intra-personal Skills Programme was designed by the department’s Substance Abuse Unit, and school principals requested that a bullying component be added.

Through the programme, learners are taught basic inter-personal and intra-personal skills, including training in communication, interaction, and general life skills to improve and enhance their ability to interact with peers. The goal of the programme is to improve the self-perception of the learner, build self-esteem, help them be optimistic about their future, teach them perseverance and tolerance of others, manage peer challenges and enhance personal skills, and also teaches participants how to express themselves better, the statement reads.

The department employs graduate learners with a background in development, trains them in the programme and then offers the programme at various spaces and City facilities.

The entire programme consists of nine sessions. Each session has a theme and activities aligned to enhance the message. Bullying is presented in the first session with the theme, “I am respectful”. Principals often request that the programme be offered to other grades as they have noted learners often relate to the content of the programme and recognise their bullying behaviour.

“We are currently defining an expansion and roll-out plan to reach more learners. Bullying can have tragic consequences and a lasting impact on everyone affected. The mental health effects of bullying can be felt into adulthood and everyone, from parents to teachers, has a role to play in preventing bullying and ensuring safe environments for children,” says Smith.

As part of National Bullying Prevention Month, the City of Cape Town has been taking a stand against this antisocial behaviour among learners.

According to a statement from the City, bullying can lead to low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, loneliness and even suicide, and the City’s Social Development and Early Childhood Development Department presents regular programmes to learners aged nine to 13 to mitigate these risks.

“Bullying places the victims and the perpetrators at risk of academic and psychosocial challenges which may lead to absenteeism, underperformance, dropping out of school and suicide.

“Its impact can be felt for decades and bullies are more likely to become involved in criminal activities,” says Mayco member for safety, security and social services, JP Smith.

The Inter- and Intra-personal Skills Programme was designed by the department’s Substance Abuse Unit, and school principals requested that a bullying component be added.

Through the programme, learners are taught basic inter-personal and intra-personal skills, including training in communication, interaction, and general life skills to improve and enhance their ability to interact with peers. The goal of the programme is to improve the self-perception of the learner, build self-esteem, help them be optimistic about their future, teach them perseverance and tolerance of others, manage peer challenges and enhance personal skills, and also teaches participants how to express themselves better, the statement reads.

The department employs graduate learners with a background in development, trains them in the programme and then offers the programme at various spaces and City facilities.

The entire programme consists of nine sessions. Each session has a theme and activities aligned to enhance the message. Bullying is presented in the first session with the theme, “I am respectful”. Principals often request that the programme be offered to other grades as they have noted learners often relate to the content of the programme and recognise their bullying behaviour.

“We are currently defining an expansion and roll-out plan to reach more learners. Bullying can have tragic consequences and a lasting impact on everyone affected. The mental health effects of bullying can be felt into adulthood and everyone, from parents to teachers, has a role to play in preventing bullying and ensuring safe environments for children,” says Smith.

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