Sunday, December 9

Guest Post : Bullying

Writer's Bio : Mr Aaron Yeo is a freelance writer who has BA in Communication from State University of New York, Buffalo. He is currently a Production Editor for John Wiley & Sons Singapore. He is also my dear friend and ex-colleague. Aaron has kindly shared his views on my previous entries of Bullying. If you would like him to be a guest post for your site, he can be contacted via email at kfaayo(at)gmail(dot)com.

During playtime, someone is pushed into a corner, harassed and called names. Many other students see the bullying take place. They have all seen the bully and/or the student being bullied. But nobody takes action. The all expect some other student to tell the teacher, but nobody does.

Ashley has mentioned in a previous entry that discussed the definition of bullying, tips to recognize and deal with bullies, but we need to also educate our children to not stay silent and respond to bullying when they witness it.

When bad things take place especially in a situation where there are numerous individuals present, the responsibility to take corrective action is somehow this out and we expect someone else to do something about it. On top of the perceived lessened responsibility to take action, our more reserved Asian culture may sometimes even encourage a passive role to not intervene into the affairs of others.
Here are some ideas that you might try with your kids to encourage them to not be a bystander to bullying.

  • Teach children to recognize when bullying has taken place

Define in clear simple terms what bullying is and reach them how to tell apart horseplay and genuine bullying.

  • Expose and encourage children to embrace diversity teach them empathy

Children who are bullied are usually don't fit in socially or are sometimes "different" from those around them. By exposing them to different cultures and encouraging empathy, children will find it easier to interact better and even develop friendships with people outside their comfort zones.

  • Positive role models

Tell children about positive role models in both fiction and in real life. Many animated movies have a hero or heroine that stood up for the weak. In real life, tell them about the civil rights movement share personal stories of about how someone you know stood up for someone weak. Let them know that it is OK to tell the teacher that someone is being bullied.

Thanks for reading & a big thank you to Aaron for taking time to write for Mothers' Avenue!

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