Bullying must be STOPPED

2017-04-04 06:02

SOCIAL media is abuzz with videos going viral of bullying in schools, but many pupils do not realise the consequences of their actions.

Bullying includes physical, verbal, psychological, social, sexual and cyber.

Physical bullying is where a person is hit, kicked, pinched or tripped. Verbal bullying is name calling, teasing, put-downs and insults. Psychological bullying is when someone is threatened, stalked or manipulated.

Social bullying is when the person is ignored and rumours are spread about the victim.

Sexual bullying is unwanted touching or brushing against someone and picking on someone because of their sexual preference. Cyber bullying is insulting someone in chat rooms, sending cruel or threatening emails, text messages or spreading rumours via cell phones. Steven King of SA Cares, a division of SA Community Crime Watch, says it’s time for parents and schools to take action and stop the spread of bullying among pupils.

“I don’t think that schools are taking enough responsibility in sorting out the issue of bullying.

“I have spoken to many victims of bullying and almost all of them have given me a similar account. Either they are told to grow up or the teacher tries to find a reason why they are being picked on,” said King.

“When parents drop their children off at school it is with the idea in mind that their children will be well cared for and that teachers will act as their guardians to protect them.

“The consequences of bullying can be far reaching and sometimes has long-term effects on the child’s development.”

King said his organisation has seen many children become depressed and develop anxiety disorders because of these acts.
“Schools are not geared to deal with these mental conditions and when children become withdrawn, feel worthless and numb, lose interest in life and end up either getting involved in substance abuse or even worse commit suicide, you then hear the schools and their teachers say these famous words: ‘If only we knew’.”

King said that he would like to start an anti-bullying club in the Upper Highway community to help pupils who victims of bullying.

He is appealing to anyone with the expertise on the matter and volunteers who have the time and skills to contact him.

King is also asking victims to come forward so help can be sought out for them. To find out more, email sacomcrimewatch@gmail.com

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