We have started the new project by exploiting cartoons to raise awareness among youth, parents, teachers and religious leaders about violence, with the aim of preventing it from happening.
What is Violence?
“The intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person, or against a group or community, that either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, maldevelopment, or deprivation.”
The World Health Organization (WHO)
Why? Why did they do it?
Why would classmates hurt each other deliberately?
Why didn’t anyone see this coming?
- Why didn’t anyone intervene and prevent them from hurting?
- How can we prevent anything like that from happening again?
What is Bullying?
Bullying is the use of force, threat, or coercion to abuse, intimidate or aggressively dominate others. The behavior is often repeated and habitual. One essential prerequisite is the perception, by the bully or by others, of an imbalance of social or physical power, which distinguishes bullying from conflict.
Why is happening?
Bullying can arise from distrust, fear, misunderstanding, lack of knowledge or jealousy—all factors that schools can address in positive and proactive ways.
Who can prevent bullying?
Parents, school staff, and other caring adults have a role to play in preventing bullying.
How they can prevent?
Help kids understand the bullying, by telling them what bullying is and how to stand up to it safely. Tell kids bullying is unacceptable. Make sure kids know how to get help.
Keep the lines of communication open. Check in with kids often. Listen to them. Know their friends, ask about school, and understand their concerns.
Encourage kids to do what they love. Special activities, interests, and hobbies can boost confidence, help kids make friends, and protect them from bullying behavior.
Model how to treat others with kindness and respect.