They say dynamite comes in small packages, and that is certainly the case with two siblings from Stellenbosch who have made their voices heard on World Anti-bullying Day.
Eight year-old Timeon and 12 year-old Reuben Ebersohn have given a voice to countless of kids who have been at the receiving end of aggressive behaviour by their peers. With the help of their mum, Sinta, the boys have launched an interactive anti-bullying blog in an attempt to support those who get bullied, but also send a strong message to those who are dishing it out.
Mum Sinta says thanks to sophisticated software she was able to build the anti-bullying modules from the stories developed by her two sons.
“People often say just ignore bullies, but that’s not enough”, Timeon and Reuben say. “There are so many bullies in the world and we want to address them directly and say, STOP IT!”.
Educational psychologist Andrew Lewis says withdrawal and reclusiveness are often indications of kids being bullied. Bullying is described as aggressive behaviour normally characterised by repetition and imbalance of power. Bullying however is not only physical but can also be sexual, verbal and emotional in nature.