By George, bullying must stop now
THOMAS GEORGE wants to get bullying out in the open.
The Lismore MP has experienced it first-hand - he was bullied because of his ethnic background when he was growing up in Casino, so he hopes a new booklet he has produced will get people talking about the problem.
Mr George's anti-bullying booklet will be sent to all households in the Lismore electorate next week to coincide with the start of the school year.
The booklet highlights the impact bullying can have on children and young people, and looks at the emergence of so-called 'cyberbullying'- when children are bullied online.
It also provides tips for parents on how to recognise if their child is being bullied, and a list of resources, contacts and websites for people who are victims of bullying, or know someone who is.
According to the booklet, extreme bullying can lead to 'bullycide', in which people kill themselves as a result of bullying.
It recognises that bullying doesn't just happen at school - it can happen in the workplace or at home, to adults or children.
And it urges principals, teachers, parents, employers, human resource managers and employee representatives to take the problem seriously.
“The booklet is aimed at adult and child victims, parents, grandparents, carers, co-workers, teachers, friends and anyone else exposed to bullying.
“People who know bullying is taking place should not be silent bystanders, but should help someone find help before it's too late,” Mr George said.
Mr George said he would be attending the upcoming community forum on bullying in Lismore on February 25.
“I look forward to working with the community to stamp out this problem,” he said.
Extra copies of Mr George's anti-bullying booklet will be available at his Lismore office at 55 Carrington Street, or by calling 6621 3624.
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