How to Stop Bullying and How to Stop Cyber Bullying: Veteran Australian Teacher Reveals
VICTORIA, Australia, August 2014 – Bullying, and in particular bullying in schools, is a deliberate and persistent cruelty that affects all types of personalities and groups from around the world. Some people have a desire to try to control others, particularly in response to an overall lack of control in their own lives. The feelings and messages imparted to a bullied child remain long after the formal education has finished, and can continue to affect the child well in to adulthood.
An estimated 200 million children and young people around the world are being bullied by their peers, according to the 2007 Kandersteg Declaration Against Bullying in Children and Youth. In Australia, recent research commissioned by the Federal Government revealed one in every four students in Australian schools are being affected by bullying, and interestingly, one in four bullies go on to have a criminal record by the age of 30.*
But bullying in schools is not the only type of psychological nastiness children face; cyber bullying is also now common with alarming statistics.
• Older students (those with more access to technology) are more likely to cyber bully than younger ones.
• Over 80% of cyber bullies also bully offline.
• 84% of those who were bullied online were also victims of offline bullying.
• A quarter of all cyber bullies targeted people they did not know.
• 64% of females from Years 6 to 12 reported being cyber bullied.
• High mobile phone usage made cyber bullying easier.**
According to a recent report released by Aussie Kids Coach, the main thing to remember for parents researching how to stop cyber bullying is to remain calm. Veteran teacher and Aussie Kids Coach managing director Ian Davies, says the report indicated that the first thing parents should do is decide whether they can handle the situation themselves or report it and get some help.*** www.aussiekidscoach.com
“Contacting the bully or the bully’s parents directly is likely to ignite the situation. It is always safer to work with the school administration rather than to try to solve bullying on your own,” says Ian. “If the bullying is only isolated and mild such as name calling, then parents can handle it by themselves. If it is serious and constant however, help should be sought from police or school officials.” www.aussiekidscoach.com
The Aussie Kids Coach report also suggests that parents stay one step ahead of kids with online viewing, by supervising online sessions, monitoring social media sites and having a copy of online passwords. Children should also be encouraged to save cyber bullying evidence in case the bullying intensifies, by capturing online images from a smartphone to show to a parent, guidance counsellor or anyone who can help.
In an effort to show parents and kids how to stop bullying, Ian Davies teaches children to be resilient to bullying with his Leadership for Kids workshop. This powerful educational tool is aimed at high school leaders, and is an interactive workshop where students learn and practice strategies and skills that they can apply to their leadership role.
Aussie Kids Coach provides a range of innovative educational products and services to help empower kids to celebrate their individuality and creativity. Ian Davies and the team at Aussie Kids Coach run workshops in diverse fields such as youth leadership, public speaking, learning how the English language works and learning how to make sense of secondary school maths. www.aussiekidscoach.com
Mackenzie of Moama Anglican Grammar School says, “My favourite part was probably the importance of what we have to say, our opinions about what we can do better in ourselves, it was really good. Some workshops focus on what others have to say and how we can model ourselves on them. I can look back on and reflect on the public speaking and body language bits and that really helped a lot... also, the little voice inside my head, coz sometimes that can get to me.”
Discover more about how to stop cyber bullying and bullying in schools at www.aussiekidscoach.com.
- Contact Information
- Ian Davies
- Managing Director
- Aussie Kids Coach
- (61) 0418 140 446
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