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Brighton Beach police campaign for safer schools

The initiative formed part of national bullying awareness month. 5 809 brochures were distributed to parents, guardians and caregivers through the support of principals and staff.

EVERY October, schools and organisations across the country join forces to address the issue of bullying in observing National Bullying Prevention Month. The goal is to encourage schools, communities and organisations to work together to stop bullying and cyber-bullying and put an end to it by increasing awareness of the prevalence and impact of all forms of bullying on all children of all ages.

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Brighton Beach communications officer, Captain Louise le Roux, embarked on a ‘knock and drop’ roadshow with her mascot ‘Captain Lollipop’. Together with police members, they visited 20 educational institutes while distributing bullying information guides. The initiative formed part of national bullying awareness month. 5 809 brochures were distributed to parents, guardians and caregivers through the support of principals and staff. “The brochure defines bullying, as well as characteristics associated with a bully, those being bullied, and how to identify the issue. Categories of bullying, the effects of bullying and advice/instructions to parents are also available within the brochure. Contact information of organisations who provide support to children are also published,” said Le Roux.

452 brochures were distributed to educators to assist them in re-enforcing school bullying aspects to support their daily encounters when dealing with bullying intervention situations. An overall total of 6 261 educational bullying information guides were distributed during this safer schools initiative.
Le Roux cautioned parents, guardians and caregivers not to brush off children’s reports of being bullied. “If bullying intervention does not take place, the bullied becomes the bully. It is a further concern when some parents encourage their child to man up and fight back, instead of approaching the school to request an investigation or intervention on claims made by a child that they are being bullied. This only leads to violence within the school environment which also leads to trauma for other learners and bystanders,” she said.

 

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