UAE: School math, Arabic and music classes offer anti-bullying lessons

The Ministry of Education (MoE) has highlighted the need to use the content of the Anti-Verbal Bullying Guide published in school curricula to help root out bullies among pupils.

According to the authorities, these guides, which target students and their parents, have been included in the subjects of mathematics, health sciences, music education, moral education and Arabic language.

The goal is to promote positive behaviors in students, clarify correct understanding of verbal bullying, and develop the skills needed to deal with verbal bullying (for victim, bully, bystander and the tutor).

Officials stressed the need to implement and publicize the activities mentioned in the anti-bullying guide in collaboration with teachers.

According to the guide, the existing content of the various educational materials is adapted according to the target age group, and various themes are included for awareness and orientation in the subjects: mathematics, health sciences, music education, education moral and Arabic language, through which the student learns according to specific schedules to write the story, for example, on scenarios, and the different problems to which they could be exposed and related to verbal bullying and the right solutions for overcome it. Each topic has a plan, objectives and results for the activities.

Information to help students, parents

The guide provides information that helps parents or guardians determine the extent to which a child is being bullied.

It also asks the bullied student to follow five main steps in dealing with bullying, including not showing negative feelings and staying calm, telling the bully what they are saying is hurting their feelings, and how he can change the subject of conversation when his colleagues start to bully him. and complimenting the bully by making them feel embarrassed and linking praise with insult.

The guide emphasized the importance of self-confidence because the bully approaches people who have low and low self-esteem.

How to deal with bullies

The guide also calls for managing feelings of bullying and avoiding the bully by staying away from them, avoiding being alone, ignoring the bully and staying completely away from them and not not letting them direct more insults.

The guide explains how to deal with the victim and stop the harassment.

Talking directly with the bully, with the intervention of friends, telling a parent or family member helps.

By documenting the process using photographs, whether it was on the internet or by writing down the incident and its story, as the documents are useful if the bully is reported to the school administration.

How to help victims

The guide outlines how to help a victim of bullying and the importance of providing treatment, psychological and social support and anger management strategies.

It also explains how the bully can be made aware that they are verbally bullying their co-workers and how to deal with the problem.

Guide advises parents that if they have a bully, they should treat them politely by encouraging good behavior, setting a good example, teaching them respect for others and training them in coping strategies anger.

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