October is Bullying Prevention awareness month and Cayman is not immune to the problem of bullying.
In fact Cyber bullying is on the rise here.
Family Resource Center’s Miles Ruby says cyber bullying is increasing in Cayman and while quantifying statistics on this are challenging, she says, it’s a problem that needs attention.
“There is physical bullying in schools, but most of the bullying is cyber bullying today. It’s what’s posted on Facebook, it’s text messages, it’s 24/7,” she said.
She is urging parents to talk to their children openly about bullying because it not only happens in the classroom.
“Back in the day when we did not have social media and smart phones. So after we left school we could be free from that kind of bullying. Now today they don’t really ever get away from it,” she said.
Erin Hislop, who is also a programme facilitator, says the FRC will be heading into the high schools to reach out to teenagers.
“We will be going into the schools doing presentations about what is bullying, how can we respond to it appropriately, what can you do, how do you recognise bullying behaviour,” she said.
She says FRC will hold a poster contest, as well as, an anti-bully song competition which features a special prize.
“The winner of that competition will actually get a chance to have their song recorded with the mentorship of Josh Pearl, a local artist that is known for working with the youth as well,” she said.
Earlier this year the Law Reform Commission took up the issue of bullying, publishing a paper seeking public comment. That report is pending.