In November, the Department of Education and other government departments in Guangdong province released new school guidelines. The guidelines include insulting nicknames as a form of bullying at school.
The guidelines will take effect on Dec 1. They will be applied in all primary, secondary and vocational schools in Guangdong. There will be punishments for those who break the rules, including expulsion.
Many people give their full support to the guidelines.
“Many of my classmates have been given insulting nicknames. It really hurt them, causing mental problems. This is why I think dealing with insulting nicknames is really important,” Shen Sijia, from the Second High School Affiliated to Beijing Normal University, told TEENS.
Chen Junliang, mother of a fifth-grader, told China Daily that the rules could help to make a positive study environment for students.
School bullying is not rare in China. According to the Supreme People’s Court’s China Justice Big Data Service Platform, Chinese courts heard almost 800 cases of school violence in 2017. Almost half of them involved students aged between 16 and 18.
To deal with school bullying, the State Council’s Education Supervision Committee started an anti-bullying campaign in April. Schools have been asked to begin at least one educational campaign against bullying every semester. The aim is to improve anti-bullying knowledge and skills among students.
Sadly there is bullying at school all over the world. About half of students between the ages of 13 and 15 worldwide, or 150 million of them, have been bullied in and around school.
“Every day, students face [many] dangers, including fighting, pressure to join gangs, bullying,” said Henrietta Fore, executive director of United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, according to the organization’s official website.
“Violence is an unforgettable lesson that no child needs to learn,” Fore said.
To deal with the problem, many countries have taken action. In the United States, all the 50 states have their own anti-bullying laws, according to CBS News.
Many US anti-bullying laws say that bullying is not only direct physical contact like hitting, but also verbal attacks such as name-calling.
In Japan, the government passed an anti-bullying law in 2013. It asks each school to come up with a basic policy to stop bullying. The law also asks schools to set up an organization to deal with the problem.