School anti-bully vid sparks awareness
A group of Carterton children has made an anti-bullying video that has surprised everyone at the school by becoming a hit on social media.
Carterton Primary School’s Team Kowhai work group produced the video with teacher Nathan Hill as part of Bullying Free New Zealand Week.
The week was organised at a national level to combat a problem that has seen New Zealand rank second worst among OECD nations for schoolyard bullying.
Hill put the video on the Team Kowhai Facebook page to bring the anti-bullying message to life and spread it around the school. He was shocked to find it had more than 2200 views when he got to work on Monday morning.
Each day the children were taught about an issue related to bullying so that they understood what it was and how to become active in making sure it didn’t happen in the school, Hill said.
‘‘A key message was not to be a bystander, to empower the kids so that they are able, if they see an incident of bullying, to say something and bring it to the attention of those involved and also teachers.
‘‘It felt as if the kids now know how to take action against bullying because of the work we did. The video was to provide the perspective of how children feel when they are victims of bullying.
‘‘It has raised a lot more awareness than we anticipated. It’s good to see the kids have really taken the message on board.’’
Principal Alison Woollard said the school divided the students into learning teams with group objectives and was very happy with the way the children responded to the unit.
‘‘Team Kowhai decided to make a video and we have had a really amazing reaction to it. It has made people think, which is great.’’
People who experience bullying at school or in the workplace are advised they have a right to feel safe and should speak out as soon as it becomes an issue.
For students there is information at www.bullyingfree.nz and for people in the workplace they can go to www.nzno.org.nz/ bullyfree
There are several other websites with a wealth of information available online.
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Carterton Primary School has grabbed the attention of the small Wairarapa town and the wider region.