Bullying Information Campaign
Lions Clubs launched a major national Bullying Information Campaign at Leinster House in February.
Specially commissioned information leaflets on bullying and cyber-bulling will be distributed to all houses with school-going children of vulnerable age by Lions Clubs throughout the country.
Lions will work with School Managers and Principals to effectively distribute the leaflets, 42,000 of which have already been distributed by 28 Lions Clubs during the pilot stage of the project.
'School Principals have been very positive about the initiative and have given the project their full support', says Pat Connolly, Lions District Suicide Prevention and Anti-Bullying Officer. 'The leaflet contains vital information for parents including advice on identifying bullying problems, dealing effectively with a bullying issue and information on public policy in relation to bullying’. A special section deals with the critical issue of cyber-bullying. He also acknowledged the input of retired teacher Sean Fallon of the Anti-Bullying Campaign and a psychologist in the compilation of the text.
Speaking at the launch of the campaign Senator Lorraine Higgins said:
'This leaflet is a must-read for those concerned about childhood and teen bullying but it is of particular use to parents. The leaflet outlines how to spot the signs of bullying and how to tackle the problem. In addition, it provides a wealth of details on the supports available'.
Lions District Governor Pat O'Brien welcomed the campaign. 'Bullying, and particularly cyber-bullying has become a major issue in our society and many parents are unaware of how to recognise bullying and how to respond. This Lions campaign is designed to provide all parents with the information they need', he said.