May 2, International Day Against Bullying

On May 2, the International Day Against Bullying is commemorated to raise awareness of this pressing problem that is affecting our youngest population and one in which the consequences are becoming increasingly serious.

At the Canis Majoris Foundation, we have been working and reporting on this issue for quite some time. In 2017, we devoted our Annual Conference to school bullying which, unfortunately  is a very current issue. In 2018 we dealt with this same issue however it has been aggravated by its extension throughout social networks and the internet. Cyberbullying, grooming and sexting, are situations that our teenagers are suffering at an increasingly early age and is one where we have seen that the proposed solutions unfortunately still have a long way to go.

Last year we signed a collaboration agreement with the Spanish Association against the Prevention of School Harassment (AEPAE), in which it was agreed to establish joint lines of work in order to improve the situation of people with special vulnerability who have suffered bullying in the school environment. Both entities are collaborating through workshops in our respective summer camps and we soon hope to establish other actions aimed at training for the establishment of guidelines for prevention and intervention in situations of harassment  within the school environment.

This year, we have launched a pioneering project in collaboration with the Community of Madrid to prevent school bullying in the 0 to 3 year stage. The main objective of the project consists in the training of teaching staff  at Infant Schools in order to educate their children in the  0-3 age group to be able to recognize their own emotions, to handle them in an adequate way and what better way than to teach them through stories.

The project has established an experimental design in which standardized tests have been included in order to carry out the evaluation within the different groups and within the different phases of the project so as to analyze the proposed objective and the actions carried out in a comprehensive manner . We hope to have the data evaluated in ordert to be able to publish the results in July.

On this edition of  International Day against Bullying the Canis Majoris Foundation  vindicates the importance of preventing and establishing educational models that work toward the prevention and detection of Bullying within the school environment  by proposing early action. We will continue establishing synergies with other entities and we will continue working and directing our actions in order to improve the quality of life of those who need it most.

 

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