Anti-Bullying Education Seminar

Upon the rise of violence in our country and violence becoming more visible at a primary school level the Famagusta Social Services Department and Eastern Mediterranean University collaborated to carry out a seminar titled Peer Bullying at the Karakol Primary School aimed towards management and teachers.

Speaking at the opening of the seminar Karakol Primary School Vice-Principal Hanife Zorba thanked EMU Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Psychology Department academic staff member Assoc. Prof. Dr. Fatih Bayraktar, Famagusta Social Services Department executive Vacide Cibo and project coordinator Bahar Ozergin Bogac, handing them flowers of appreciation.

Bullying is the abuse of power

The speaker at the event that aimed to help understand, deal with and prevent bullying was EMU Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Psychology Department academic staff member Assoc. Prof. Dr. Fatih Bayraktar. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bayraktar provided information about bullying, defining bullying as an abuse of power. The person who holds the power uses this power negatively against the powerless. We see this at school, at home at work and in the army.

Bullying is more common amongst members of the same sex

During the seminar Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bayraktar also highlighted the fact that bullying is more common amongst individuals of the same sex. Education in this field is of the utmost importance. I thank the Social Services Department and the Karakol Primary School Management for their sensitivity and help in organizing the event that aims to raise awareness in order to bring-up the next generation to reject bullying. At the end of the speeches, a question and answer session was held and a group photograph taken.

Source: Eastern Mediterranean University