Bullying and harassment have always been a major social problem in schools. They can be most effectively dealt with in an open and informed atmosphere.
Teasing is often part of growing up — almost every child experiences it but it isn't always as innocuous as it seems. Teasing becomes bullying when it's repetitive or when there's a conscious intent to hurt another child. It can be verbal bullying (making threats, name-calling), psychological bullying (excluding children, spreading rumors), or physical bullying (hitting, pushing, taking a child's possessions).
Bullying behavior cuts across socio-economic, racial/ethnic, and cultural lines. Researchers estimate that 20 to 30 percent of school-age children are involved in bullying incidents, as either perpetrators or victims. Bullying can begin as early as preschool and intensify during transitional stages, such as starting school in 1st grade or going into middle school.
By implementing anti-bullying strategies and educating students on how to recognize and respond to a bully, bullying related absences and health issues can be prevented. To show and comprehend the vitality of the topic, the Kindergarten teachers of GIIS, Abu Dhabi presented a beautiful Mime show where they presented the issue with emotions and expressions. The show was seen through the eyes of a child who is a victim of bullying. It was shown how the child was bullied by his classmates and eventually how his friends were educated by their teacher about the ill effects of bullying and ultimately they realize their mistake and the show culminating in the child befriending all his classmates. This program of lessons encouraged students to discuss and therefore de-mystify bullying in just such an atmosphere. Through this, students were encouraged to learn about bullying and its surroundings.
The students understood about bullying and also the fact that they should neither get bullied nor bully others. It also helped them to respect differences in others and cooperate with each other. They were educated of the fact that understanding other kids’ feelings can reduce bullying behaviors. This activity empowered students about anti-bullying.