Bullying has long prevailed as a severe problem that has sadly dominated the lives of many children in schools for quite a long time. Bullying has a significant impact on the mental and emotional health of those who are bullied, as well as the bullies, themselves. Bullying has been proven to induce poor academic achievement in students and can lead to anxiety, depression, negative health effects, and even to tragic instances of self-harm. For those who are on the bully-side of this serious situation, they, too, are at risk for mental health issues as they develop alongside this aggressive, violent behaviour.
It is a common theme in the anti-bullying movements to address the bullies and enforce policies that will strive to create bully-proof environments for children. Although great efforts are made to implement anti-bullying programs in schools and to eliminate bullying, this is often met with great difficulty. The unfortunate truth is that if someone wants to bully, they will find a way to do it. This makes the attempt in forcing a bully to stop quite out of our control. Fortunately, the Resilience Project sponsored by Tilly’s is changing the way that children handle bullies.
At Toowoomba Grammar Junior School, students have been introduced to the Resilience Project, which is based on the idea that although bullying may be out of our control, developing resilient children is not. By teaching children to be more resilient, they will build their self-confidence and learn to take advantage of what makes them unique, rather than being ashamed of it. The results of this ideology extend past school bullying, with resilience and self-confidence leading to success further down the road in life. This project intends to provide children with the necessary tools to be more resilient and, as a result, stand as “bully-proof”.