It is timely because this is the season when camps are getting ready to welcome kids.
This new training, delivered online, is designed to empower camp counselors, lifeguards and other staff at residential camps and day camps in Canada and United States, says Crimson Hill Training President Wayne Johnson, who is also a former General Manager-Camps Branch for YMCA/YWCA of Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada and is also a parent.
“It’s all about protecting kids so they can learn, grow and have fun” in leisure and recreation activities at camp and year-round, he said.
“Bullying can quickly take all the joy out of going to camp – or going to school, or any activities and organizations kids are involved in,” he added. “Recent studies point out the lifetime damage bullying causes.”
Yet, he says, many people who work with kids and youth – and this is particularly true of young people who are camp counselors or youth leaders – are confused about what to do to put an end to bullying and other destructive behaviour from kids or teens to protect the kids in their care.
“The risks of damage and harm to a child who is targeted by bullying are great – but there is also the damage done to the child or youth who bullies, to those who see it but do nothing, and to your camp mission and camp culture.
“You’ll never completely get rid of bullying – it’s human behaviour. But you CAN protect what you value – health and safety for everyone and also your program and its reputation,”
What makes this new Bullying Awareness training unique is that it is the only program that is specifically-
Both bullied children and those who do the bullying are at higher risk of a range of psychological problems in adulthood, according to a long-term study reported in JAMA Psychiatry Feb. 20, 2013.
“The only way to keep our kids safe is to teach them – and teach everyone who works with them – how to prevent violence and how to stop it. This includes bullying!”
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