Bullying is a difficult issue for schools everywhere. Research from the most recent Australian Bureau of Statistics ‘Census at Schools’ survey shows that bullying is now the #1 issue for Australian school kids, and with the average weekly time schoolchildren spend on a computer jumping from 3 hours in 2006 to 13 hours in 2013, there has been a correlating increase in kids struggling and falling victim to cyber bullying.
Below is a case study from Reynella Primary School in Adelaide, illustrating how they use theatre in education to support their "Successful Learners Program", which is designed to encourage a positive learning environment at the beginning of each school year. If you'd like to know more about how Brainstorm Productions can assist your school, please click here to contact one of our friendly team.
Here at Brainstorm Productions we are all about helping teachers, parents and leaders to reach out to school age children and help them come to grips with bullying and its destructive results.
How do you know if your friend or brother or sister is being bullied at school? They may start doing some of these things:
- They’ve started to become too scared to go to school or hang out with friends.
- Want to stay at home all the time
- They have their things stolen or broken or hidden from them.
- Seem to be afraid, nervous, worried, stressed or anxious.
- They’ve become moody or cry a lot
- Can’t concentrate on schoolwork and are falling behind
- Can’t sleep at night and always seem tired
- Get upset or secretive when they check their phone or computer
- Keep putting themselves down
- You see them being hassled or you read mean things about them online.
- You hear rumours about them. Hear nasty comments about them.
What to do if someone you know, your friend, brother or sister is being bullied.
You’re being a bully if you are nasty to someone every day or even every week. It might be straight to their face, behind their back or on-line. (It may have just been one time)
How do you feel when you’re saying or doing nasty things to people?
3- Bad or guilty?
Stop making yourself feel bad, guilty, nothing, scared and nervous!
Is there something more constructive you could do to make yourself feel powerful or excited?
Why do you do it?