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This is how bullying affects our children | Abel Prasad

I’m, I’m a bit overweight, yeah and they called him porky and I thought you’re in year four. You’re being teased about your weight? What the hell is going on? With good kids nowadays, where you know they’re being teased about their weight. Hey I got it when I was at school, I was called fatty, I was called curry munch, I was called you know Asian all that sort of stuff, but it’s getting worse. Why is it becoming worse? And it’s because of social media. I watch 90% of kids that walk through our door here and if their parents are having coffee they’re on their bloody ipads.  So that was just really interesting to see. But anyway, I had a chat with him and I said, well wait you know what I’m fat, I own it but I have to lose weight because you know I’ve got diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease.

Hey guys, Abel Prasad is here from hobby home and garden. This morning on the way to work, I was listening to 102.3, Aaron and Soda. I’m talking about bullying, which is a huge thing with young kids and it made me think about it. Bullying when I was at school but more so, bullying going around Australia at the moment. So what was even worse was, I had a customer come into the shop and their kid wasn’t at school today. And I just made, I was like oh, day off today buddy? He’s like no I don’t want to go to school.  So I said what’s up? And he’s uh like, why didn’t you want to go to school? And he’s like. I don’t like school, you know. So why don’t you like school and what’s going on? He goes I’m being teased. I said why are you being teased mate? He goes, because I’m being teased. I said, oh okay well. When we talk about it, now he’s in year four. I found out from the, he was being teased because he didn’t fit in. Yeah, he was a little overweight like me.  

 I’ve got the whole work running through my family. But I did a bit of research and I wanted to talk about why  kids get bullied and ways we can stop it. So I went on to bullyxero.org.iu and clicked on their statistics and I found out a little bit of information. Approximately one in four, yeah 49 Australian students which is roughly about 27 percent have reported bullying in a 2009 national survey. Frequent school bullying was highest among year fives and year rates and you know what I sort of understand that because you’re right so heading into senior school or secondary school. So the older kids might bully them a little bit more. it’s not right, but 83 percent of students who are bullied are doing it online.

But something we didn’t have when going to school at my age we didn’t have the online bullying as much we had a little bit with. If you guys remember msn messenger you know said messages delete those accounts 84 percent of students who are bullied online are also being bullied in person. 

Remarkably, 85 percent of peers are present as onlookers they’re not doing anything to stop the bullying and they play a central role in the bullying process. So, what that means is we’ve got to educate our children to stop the bullying. We need them to speak up and stand up for the people being bullied. It’s not snitching if you go and tell a teacher or your parents that someone’s being bullied or you’re being bullied. 

Online bullying appears to be related to age or access to technology with secondary assurance more likely to engage in bullying online than primary school students. Interesting fact is that young people over the age of 15 are less likely than students between 10 and 15 years of age to be involved in online bullying. Approximately one in five young people under 18, which is roughly 20 percent, reported experiencing online bullying in any one year. The figure of 20 percent has been extrapolated from a number of different studies which found rates varying from 6 to 44.

It’s really interesting to see in that survey in 2009 that school staff reported an average of 2.1 percent reports per student of online bullying with 1.2 percent for primary schools and 9.1 percent for high schools. What can we do? What resources are there to help children being bullied? One let’s go speak to the teachers, they play an important role.  They are when you leave your kids at school you’re leaving them.  You’re giving them the responsibility to look after your children so make sure you know you have a proper chat with them and engage with them and talk to them more about it. 

Children are going to get affected really, really easily about bullying. So talk to your kids about ways of dealing with that because we believe can lead to serious things, suicide, depression, mental issues, all of which carry on throughout their life. You know when I was bullied, I still carry their mental issues happening. We need to be able to talk to our kids. Remember there are so many great websites that you could jump on there’s some seminars if a parent wants to go to mccreal.com.eu is a great website. Also head to bullyxero.org.eu google because there are so many ways we can help our children.  Thanks guys.

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