With the internet now a central part of modern life, it has provided many opportunities for the exchange of knowledge and real-time information. These days, news from around the world is instantly accessible, and it’s incredibly easy to chat with friends and family in different countries and time zones.
At the same time, unfortunately, the growth of the internet has also led to a rise in bullying. Rates of online bullying, also known as cyberbullying, have risen in Australia, with 72% of schools reporting at least one case of it per year.
Bullying has harmful, long-term effects on children. To end bullying, the public needs to understand why it is dangerous, how to prevent it, and where to report it.
Fortunately, there is a bit of good news. The topic of bullying is now more widely recognised as a national problem and solutions are being openly discussed. Schools and government agencies are now cracking down on bullies, and there are even community programs dedicated to combating it.
As a parent, it’s vital to maintain open communication with your children about the consequences of bullying and what to do if they are being bullied.
There are times, however, when you may feel like you need to bring in professional help. Depending on your location, you may have access to free local resources (like certified counsellors) who can help you and your children.
To prevent bullying and help kids deal with the negative impacts of being bullied, it’s also helpful for children to get involved in their local community. Interacting with their peers and mentors through fitness or other hobbies is a healthy way for your children to relate to others.
PCYC clubs are an excellent place to find activities that suit your little ones’ interests and school schedules. If your kids are interested in sport, for example, they can partake in boxing training, yoga practice, or gymnastics in one of our Sydney-area fitness clubs. Or if your children prefer creative activities, enrol them in one of PCYC’s drama, music, or arts programs.
PCYC is Australia’s pre-eminent youth organisation and has provided a place for kids to realise their potential and positively impact their community since 1937. In addition to sport and recreational programs, PCYC also partners with the NSW Police Force to offer police programs, aimed at reducing and preventing crime by and against young people.