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Bullying in the real world and virtual world

A bullying presentation was given to the students at Somerset Primary School in the assembly hall. The presenters were Constable Cerpha Bridgeman and Constable Jean Louis Valerius of the Somerset Police Station.

Students were asked to define the term bullying. Some of the answers were punching, shoving and other acts that can hurt people physically, spreading rumours, keeping certain people out of group, and teasing people in a mean way.

The officers presented a number of ways for us to identify when we are being bullied, and what to do when we notice someone else being bullied. They also discussed the negative uses of Facebook, texting and using chatrooms inappropriately. This is known as cyber bullying. We were amazed when we learned that even when you hit the delete button, the information is still out there in cyberspace. We all had a hard time understanding where the information went, after it was deleted.

Students were reminded of the importance of telling a trusted adult when they feel that they are being bullied. Some of the students said that they have spoken to adults who have done nothing about it.

Kashane Hayles, a P4 student, said: “You must tell your mom when you feel threatened, because your mom will always believe you”.

Corporal Bridgeman said it was very important that we did not “fight back” when we are being bullied. She encouraged us to stay in a group if we felt afraid.

In our class the majority of us said that boys were the bullies most of the times. Isabel said “girls were the worst”.

Our class enjoyed the presentation. We all liked the chant, “No to Bullying”. Some of the things that we discussed when we returned to our class were bullies can be big or small and why we should not keep our feelings inside when we are being bullied.

Najah-Rae Watson said: “It was awesome that the officers came to our school to talk us”.

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Published March 08, 2012 at 2:00 am (Updated March 15, 2012 at 9:28 am)

Bullying in the real world and virtual world

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