NIS works hard to raise generations of students that are respectful to one another. It is important for them to understand that individuals should encourage each others instead of bringing them down.
Teasing is often a normal part of growing up and almost every child experiences it but there is a very thin line between normalcy and being mean. Unfortunately, words are not always as innocuous as they may seem. Teasing turns into bullying when it’s repetitive or when there is a mindful intent to hurt another person. Bullying can be verbal, psychological or even physical.
Anti-bullying week is an international week that takes place in schools worldwide. It aims to raise awareness about bullying, its effects, identifying it, and how to prevent and respond to it.
Schools teach the students, parents and teachers how to deal with bullying in an effective manner; learn from the incident and work on preventing it from happening in the future.
This year, the NIS- American Elementary Division at the First Settlement campus decided to do things differently. Over the span of a week, students from grades one to five were escorted to Mahrous Hall after the morning lines and were given a presentation explaining bullying in detail.
The students were given real-life bullying situations to deal with and learn from. By doing so, they learned how to react and how to control their actions regarding what they say or do.
The students ended their session by raising their right hand and taking an oath, “I will not use my hands or my words for hurting others, I will only use them for helping others”
At this age, many students were not aware that they were actually being bullied or are bullying others; these sessions allowed them to understand that although they may say or do things unintentionally, they may be harming others.
In order to secure that they do not forget about what they learned, the elementary division put up posters in the hallways reminding them to “Speak Up… Reach Out…Be a Friend” and each student signed it as a promise to follow these rules.
NIS students are seeds of hope for a brighter future; they are growing up knowing the importance of a healthy and respectful environment.