Bullying has been likened by some commentators to lifestyle physical ailments prevalent in modern society, such as obesity, smoking-related disease, heart disease and even skin cancers. The ‘likeness’ is that, in a majority of cases, adequate and appropriate preventive measures will stop the condition arising altogether.
All too often, bullying is treated as a condition only after it manifests itself, rather than pre-emptively, before it actually arises. Bullying is a complex issue. It requires an ongoing education of students to develop skills and strategies to allow them to IDENTIFY, COPE with and, ultimately, PREVENT bullying occurring.