It was said by Andrew Blair, president of the Australian Secondary Principals Association, that bullying now extended to the internet and was a difficult issue to tackle. Also, that the issue extends beyond the playground and lies with the parents at home. That we as parents need to be a part of the solution to the problem.
Duh, really? I agree, but isn't it plain obvious? Apparently not to some people.
When I was at school, I often protected by brothers. One was older than me, one was younger. The younger one, he suffered asthma. For a few weeks he tired to skip school..."Oh, I feel sick", "I have a pain in the tummy"..all these things he kept on with. Then, one day, I saw with my on eyes what was going on. Two bullies a few grades higher than he was, were chasing him into the loos. They took his bag and his asthma pump. My brother had an asthma attack, they sprayed the ventolin into his face!!!
Infuriated I layed into them. Next day, my mum came to the school and got the two kids. She had them in their class room with their teacher. She grabbed one of the kids and held his nose and mouth from behind, just until he began to struggle. She let go. The teacher was flabbergasted, my mum just said, "Now, this is what you put my son through when you chase him and make him have an asthma attack. Only, one day, he will die from it!". Those kids never did touch him again.
Because I still live in this area, and my kids go to the same school I went to with my siblings, I still see these kids..only now they are adults. Funny thing is, they are deadbeats, no hopers and I think it is karma biting them in the ass for being shits. I do not rejoice in this fact, but it stands to reason, they were too busy being bullies and not concentrating on schooling.
The school has an anti bullying rule the kids have to abide by. If anything happens, the kids are to report it, and the school is to deal with it. Gone are the days that a mum can enter a school and do what my mum did. Hell, my mum's rule was, "If you don' t hit a kid back for hitting you first then I will hit you!" That is something that is not tolerated nowadays.
Yes, parents ought to be part of the picture when it comes to these matters. After all, kids are home more than they are at school. The big part of today's bullying culture is via SMS and the Internet. Easy fixed? Yes, call block on the mobile and watch your kids on the net. Be parents for goodness sake.
Make them all get outside and play and be kids. Play dodgeball, tiggy, ride their bikes, make a cubby house out of sticks, play leapfrog and just get along!!