SCMP Saturday, January 6, 2001

How to spot trouble

The Education Department has produced a basic outline for parents and teachers to recognise bullying.
Indications to look out for in children who may have been bullied or are suffering from emotional stress include:

As a preventative measure, the department advises parents and teachers to help children to express their views and to be confident in saying no to unreasonable demands made on them by their peers. Teachers should also be on the lookout for students who appear to be ganging up on another student, and for students who hang around outside the staff room or seek teachers' protection in other ways.
They should help students develop positive social values such as supporting their peers and caring for the disabled.
As a remedial measure, counselling should be given to both the bullies and their victims, facilitated by the teacher in charge of the students, if possible.