Making your kids bully-proof
(10 Jun 2013)

1 in 7 kids and teens suffer from the effects of bullying which has the ability to destroy lives and in some instances have fatal consequences

Bully-proof

Why Bully Proof and not Anti-Bully? 

In this new approach to dealing with the epidemic of bullying, rather than attacking bullying and bullies as the problem, we look to cut bullying and bullies off at the knees, by removing the power the effects afford them. Removing this power is achieved through equipping children with a mindset and tools to protect themselves against this abuse and these abusers. This mindset further allows friends and peers to stand together and not merely stand by, and say: “I don’t like what you’re doing to me and my friends”

Taking back this power from bullies is empowering in itself and helps reinforce confidence and self esteem. It’s now less about being a victim, and more about having a choice to give a bully power over you

JAG Bully Proof uses rugby to tackle the problem of bullying. This initiative was developed and successfully implemented by Leicester Tigers UK.

More than 11,000 children in grades 4 – 7 from 25 schools (BONTEHEUWEL: EA.Janarie, Arcadia, Bergsig, Boundary, Nerina, Klipfontein, Cedar, Central Park, Mimosa, Bramble Way, Montana, Protea, Disa, Rosewood. MITCHELLS PLAIN: Mitchells Plain, Jamaica, AZ Berman, Portland, Parkhurst, Yellowood, Tafelsig, Littlewood, Beaconview and Eastvill) experience the JAG Bully Proof programme each year, with 7,800 children having already gone through our complete programme since 2009.

In dealing with bullying, illustrating the effects of bullying and allowing the children to empathise with the bullied, is a far more effective teaching tool than a mere “Don’t do this” or “Stop that”.

An example of illustrating the effects of bullying through rugby is playing a simple game of four kids passing a rugby ball, where three kids are told not to pass to the fourth: After 5min we then ask the kids if they have enjoyed the game: Three have and the fourth replies no, on the grounds that he/she was left out.

Once this has been internalised by the child one can begin to discuss the effects on how that made him/her feel, and hence illustrate what a kid feels when you merely exclude him/her.

There are many ways of illustration we utilise to show the effects of bullying to kids, each targeting a different form of bullying.

National Anti-Bullying Awareness Day is on Friday 26 July

For more information about the initiative visit: www.jagfoundation.org.za


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