School anti-bully vid sparks aware­ness

Wairarapa News - - FRONT PAGE - ILLYA MCLELLAN

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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ILLYA MCLELLAN/FAIRFAX NZ

Carter­ton Pri­mary School has grabbed the at­ten­tion of the small Wairarapa town and the wider re­gion.

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