IS YOUR CHILD BEING BULLIED?
By: Michelle Harripersadth
A simple push in the cafeteria line is all it takes to initiate a cruel form of punishment that haunts millions of kids around the world.
Statistics state that in 2013 bullying was a major issue in South Africa, with 57% of young children falling victim to this cruel form of punishment.
The Phoenix Foundation, an organisation centered around bullying and bullying prevention explains that the growing epidemic is rampant in South Africa.
“Cyber bullying and bullying in schools is the biggest non academic issue South African educator’s face and they’re not trained for it. Statistics prove that kids who live in fear never reach their full potential- in or out of school.”
Anne Cawood, social worker and child psychologist, gave insight as to why South Africans refuse to believe that their child has been bullied or is a bully.
“It is so crucial to give children a voice and to make them understand that they are being heard. Often parents will have difficulty believing their child is being bullied or is the bully. This boils down to lack of awareness and an inability to identify the line between a child being bullied and a child fighting for their place,” said Cawood.
The JAG Foundation, a charity that uses sport to promote personal and social upliftment, announced the launch of the National Bullying Awareness Day in 2013.
The campaign is aimed at equipping young children with skills to constructively combat the bullying epidemic sweeping across South Africa. The foundation uses a unique approach that involves removing the power of bullying, by equipping children with a positive mind-set and tools to ‘BullyProof’ themselves against abuse and the abusers,” said JAGBullyProof, Barry Clarke.
Being able to identify bullying and to stop it is an essential part of combating the growing problem. It is a common assumption that kids will be kids and taunt others because it is a “way of growing up” but it is not.
When we (adults) realise that this is a form of punishment to our children then only can we try to find a solution to the growing problem.