Sunday, June 07, 2009

Schools should build bully-free culture to curb problem of school-bullying

By Zhang Tingjun, Channel NewsAsia | Posted: 06 June 2009 1927 hrs

090606-1927hrs Schools should build bully-free culture to curb problem of school-bullying

SINGAPORE: One in five primary school students are victims of school bullies while 25 per cent of secondary school students get bullied, according to statistics from the Singapore Children's Society.

In an ongoing effort to curb this problem, the society is working together with school teachers, parents and students to build a no-bullying culture in schools.

The society said a school-based approach requires the entire school community to work together with students, parents and teachers, sharing a common vision to build a safe and bully-free school environment.

Speaking at the Bully-Free Forum on Saturday, Minister of State for Community Development, Youth and Sports, Mrs Yu-Foo Yee Shoon, said parents and teachers play a crucial role in helping children who are bullied and in ensuring that children do not become bullies.

The Education Ministry has developed a Bullying Management Kit for all full-time school counsellors to manage the problems faced by both victims and their bullies. - CNA/vm

From ChannelNewsAsia.com; see the source article here.


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