According to a survey conducted by the Harvest Centre for Research, Training and Development and the Coalition against Bullying for Children and Youth, 95% of the 4000 Singaporean school children said that they had been a victim of bullying in their school.
And it is not just Singaporean school children who are actually facing the issue of school bullying, the whole world is also bearing the same issue of violence and abuse in schools. Because of this, the school administrators are now implementing programs for the safety of the children in the school. Aside from them other stakeholders like the parents, teachers and the students themselves have certain roles to contribute in sustaining a safe school.
The School Administrator’s Role
They have to advise the parents about the school safety policies and crisis prevention initiatives. This will make the parents feel that the school is prepared to face any issue on bullying.
The Parents’ Role
They have to be involved in their children’s education. They have to know what’s happening to their children. They need to give ample amount of time to talk to their children about their schooling, about their friends, classmate or anyone that they encounter in the school.
The Teachers’ Role
They should always observe what their student is doing inside the classroom. If they find out that something is suspicious then it is their responsibility to identify if it leads to unseemly doings and take appropriate actions for it.
The Students’ Role
It is the students who directly witness bullying behaviour, so they should have the initiative to report it to their teachers or other persons of authority. They can also submit confidential reports about other students who are being victimized by bullying.