Understand bullying

2019-05-21 06:00
Pictured here are Fairmount principal Terrence Klassen, Minister Debbie Schafer and a local radio DJ Carl Wastie.

Pictured here are Fairmount principal Terrence Klassen, Minister Debbie Schafer and a local radio DJ Carl Wastie.

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The provincial department of education’s Metro South District held an anti-bullying event at Fairmount Secondary School last Wednesday.

The event was part of the ongoing “Raise your Voice, Not your phone” campaign which has gone viral on social media and recently received a merit at the One Show Awards in New York. The awards recognise the best creative work in advertising, interactive, design and branded entertainment.

According to the department, the event at Fairmount highlighted the effects of bullying on learners, and drew attention to the fact that learners who film, post or distribute videos are also participating in the bullying. The campaign leads learners to various social media pages of support or advice on how to intervene when bullying occurs. It also provides tips on what one can do to help victims, as well as the types of support that are available for learners experiencing abuse.

The statement reads that learners sometimes get involved in the bullying without realising it through the sharing of posts on social media.

The event was attended by provincial minister of education, Debbie Schafer, and radio DJ Carl Wastie.


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