THE Baha’i community of Ipoh organised a talk on bullying at SJK(T) Kampung Simee, Ipoh, as part of events to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah – the founder of the Baha’i Faith, last month.
The talk was presented by Insp G. Vellamal of the Perak police contingent and Universiti Teknologi Petronas Associate Professor Dr N. Perumal.
In her talk, Vellamal said there are different forms of bullying in school.
“Bullying can impact students’ physical and emotional safety in school and it can negatively impact their ability to learn.
“Students who are being bullied should inform their teachers, tell their parents about it or confide in their close friends in school,” she said.
“Often students who are bullies have the misconception that they are ‘heroes’ in the school and therefore do not need to focus on their studies. This in turn could lead to poor consequences in life after they are done with school,” she added.
Perumal said parents play an essential role in providing a healthy and conducive environment where interaction between peer groups and siblings can occur.
He believes that spiritual and moral education can help to tackle bullying in school.
“The students must be motivated to have ambition and goals so that they can excel in their studies, thus avoiding negative behaviour,” he said.