Help­ing com­bat bul­lies

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

DENY­ING the ex­is­tence of bul­ly­ing in schools is not a so­lu­tion, ac­cord­ing to Armed for Life di­rec­tor Adam Przy­tula.

Armed For Life, an or­gan­i­sa­tion de­liv­er­ing ed­u­ca­tional sem­i­nars, will visit the Town of Vic­to­ria Park Li­brary on April 14 to de­liver a work­shop on bul­ly­ing for chil­dren aged 9 to 17.

The work­shop will high­light the im­por­tant is­sues in re­gard to bul­ly­ing, the im­por­tance of by­standers and the dif­fer­ent choices open to vic­tims.

It will pro­vide par­tic­i­pants with the tools to deal with the prob­lem.

“Bul­ly­ing is a se­ri­ous and of­ten dan­ger­ous prob­lem in our schools,” Mr Przy­tula said.

“Deny­ing its ex­is­tence is not the so­lu­tion.

“One in four high school stu­dents are bul­lied ev­ery day and this has a strong im­pact on stu­dents’ self-es­teem, how in­volved they are in school work and even their suc­cess in later life.”

Mr Przy­tula cre­ated Armed For Life in 2012 and has been ac­tively work­ing to help young peo­ple deal with prob­lems.

The work­shop on April 14 will co­in­cide with Na­tional Youth Week and of­fer in­spi­ra­tion for young peo­ple to make pos­i­tive choices.

Mayor Trevor Vaughan said work­shops like this one were ef­fec­tive in giv­ing young peo­ple hope.

“As a for­mer school prin­ci­pal, I have seen the first-hand dam­age that bul­ly­ing can in­flict on an in­di­vid­ual, and the long-term im­pact on chil­dren’s over­all well­be­ing,” Mr Vaughan said.

“Work­shops like these are im­por­tant to give stu­dents strate­gies and ideas for cop­ing in these sit­u­a­tions, and also give them some hope that in the fu­ture things might not be so bad.”

The work­shop is free, but book­ings are essen­tial.

Con­tact www.vic­to­ri­a­park.wa.gov.au.

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d451971

Adam Przy­tula will give young peo­ple help­ful tips to com­bat bul­ly­ing at a work­shop in Vic­to­ria Park on April 14.

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