May 2019: Anti Bullying Month

Positive reactions and curbing the issue of Bullying

The RADA Inspire campaign was created to inspire the nation through a simple shift in perspective, encouraging the citizens of South Africa to inspire both themselves and others by marrying action with awareness and making a difference in people’s lives one day at a time.

RADA’s intention is to start conversations on real-world issues. For the month of May we are focusing on bullying. Perhaps you know of someone being bullied at school or in the work place or perhaps you are struggling with this issue yourself.

Bullying takes on many forms; physical, verbal, cyber and social isolation. Bullying rarely exists between two people alone. The person bullying isn’t the only influence, those who watch it happen in the corridors at parties or on social platforms, those who surround the bully, play a part too. They reinforce the behaviour of the bully and give them power in their actions. To do nothing contributes to the problem.

Research shows that at least 66% of children will be involved in bullying at some point in their life. There is no doubt that bullying is a worldwide problem that affects more than just the youth. It leads to depression, low self-esteem and in some cases suicide.

RADA acknowledges that those who hurt could very well be in pain themselves. Most bullies try to make themselves feel important because they are trying to fulfil needs that are not being met. Bullies are seeking attention, a need that all too often goes ignored, so they make themselves feel better by making someone else feel worse.

At RADA, we promote self-responsibility and self-awareness, important attributes that can redefine the way we treat others. Respect, tolerance and understanding of others is critical in creating a safe and peaceful environment for all.

Never underestimate the difference one person can make. You don’t have to be exceptional. You don’t have to exert yourself beyond your means. Simply stand up, take action and empower others to do the same.

Top tips:

Be aware of these signs, this could mean that someone is being bullied

  • unexplainable injuries
  • feelings of helplessness
  • not wanting to go to school
  • change in eating patterns – weight loss or gain
  • trouble sleeping
  • withdrawal from activities
  • isolation from family and friends
  • dramatic change in appearance
  • lack of caring about appearance
  • drug or alcohol abuse
  • mood shifts – increased anxiety or rage

Recognise that violence is never the answer
If you know of someone that is being bullied, tell someone
Acknowledge and address aggressive behaviours
Talk to your children about bullying
Practice wisdom and understanding for others
Be tolerant and forgiving
Be respectful to others and their feelings
Spread positivity
Emphasise teaching, not punishment
Avoid labelling people as ‘bullies’ or ‘victims’

Heroes are the defenders…they step in. Be the hero, tell an adult you trust, a friend, a teacher or counsellor, get in touch with a help line or just offer comfort. We all play a role…which one will you play?

How can you help?
Become a RADA angel
Sponsor a project
Donations – monetary and/or food and resources

For more information, visit www.rada.co.za, www.rada.co.za/donations or email tracey@rada.co.za
Call or WhatsApp: +27 (0)71 326 0200

Be the change. Be the way. One day at a time.

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