Parents in Brunei join programme to end bullying

Parents in a discussion on ways to prevent bullying during the workshop in Bandar Seri Begawan. - Borneo Bulletin/ANN

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, March 29 (Borneoi Bulletin/ANN): Around 70 parents of primary school students participated in the Brunei Free from Bully workshop organised by the Health Promotion Centre (HPC) Mental Health Strategic Group, in collaboration with the Students Affairs Section, Department of Schools on Saturday.

The one-day workshop featured briefings to introduce the ‘Brunei Free from Bully’ programme, deliberations on bullying, parents’ and community’s role in fighting bullying and counselling tips from HPC officers and representatives from the Parents-Teachers

Association (PIBG).

The workshop was one of the activities promoting HPC’s Children and Teenagers Mental Health Promotion Programme.

The workshop aimed at enhancing awareness on the importance of early intervention, said the HPC, adding that the lack of early intervention could result in negative effects in a child’s development, including long term mental health impacts.

What hurts more these days is internet bullying. The society is not only internet addiction, but also cyberbullying, in which children are both bullies and victims.

In recent media reports, it is stated that the world realises the importance of children and youth, and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Children’s Rights) states that every child has the right to be protected and developed.

Living in today’s digital and internet world, children must be protected and cultivated with proper and constructive use of the internet in order to avoid harassment, threats, and cyberbullying, which have become a silent threat to the community that everyone cannot ignore.
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