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Always Be Kind

After Maddy died I wanted to go back to the school where she taught the little children.  I wanted closure, I wanted to meet the little ones so that I could put faces to the names I heard so much about. As a reminder of Maddy, I made 40 book marks that contained a photo of Maddy’s beautiful face and a love heart toggle.  The book marks contained the words “Always Be Kind”.  I wanted to remind all that were given one of the book marks how important those words are.  How important all words are. On Maddy’s birthday a few months later I received a message from one of the teachers at Maddy’s school.  The teacher said that in...

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Bullying is a Human Rights Issue

No child should be fearful for their life.  Bullying is a violation of a child’s human rights. Under the Australian Convention on the Rights of a Child, Article 3, Section 2 it advises: ”State parties undertake to ensure the child such protection and care as is necessary for his or her wellbeing taking into account the rights and duties of his or her parents, legal guardians or other individuals legally responsible for him or her, and, to this end, shall take all appropriate legislative and administrative measures.” Duty of care by school personnel, sporting and recreation organisations and any authority that has care of a child is essential.  That care of a child must ensure not only physical wellbeing but...

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Cyber Bullying - The Scourge On Our Society

Cyber bullying is another aspect of the bullying scourge on our society.  Cyber bullying is when technology is used to abuse others through their social network.  Social platforms like Facebook and Instagram are intended to bring people together,  Unfortunately it can be an avenue that is used to hurt others, and can create a life of loneliness, embarrassment and fear for the victim of cyber bullying. What is cyber bullying: - Sending mean or threatening text messages or emails - Spreading rumours in group chats over social media platforms - Posting embarrassing photos without permission with intent to humiliate - Deliberately excluding people over social media Cyber bullying can be very traumatic for the victim as the harassment and threats...

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