Issue at preschool level


CHILDREN with vulnerable backgrounds, such as those with disabilities or who grow up in poverty, are significantly more likely than their peers to become victims of bullying, says Phenny Kakama, a senior child protection specialist at the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (Unicef) Malaysia. “Bullying is aggressive and intentional behaviour that results in an intimidating power imbalance. It takes on many forms, such as physical acts of harm like kicking, punching and shoving; name-calling, which is a form of verbal bullying; and social exclusion, which is a form of emotional bullying.” He says many children today are at risk of cyberbullying, which takes place via the Internet or mobile technology and can take the form of many of the above said acts, such as name-calling.

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