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February 22, 2021 Monday 11:28:14 AM IST

Finland Clampdown on Child Bullying

Finland has intensified efforts to prevent child bullying in schools. The government will adopt a strict zero-tolerance policy towards any instances of bullying, teasing, harassment, or violence in educational institutions, according to Jussi Saramo, Minister of Education. A comprehensive anti-bullying action plan has been drawn up for this purpose. The plan comprises 14 measures, which include equipping children with the requisite tools to develop emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills right from kindergarten. Adequate training will be provided for teachers to detect and prevent bullying and loneliness among students, granting teachers and principals the power to intervene in personal disputes and take action against bullies if required and hiring more psychologists for schools. Schools can seek the help of police, social workers, and youth workers to make the environment safe and peaceful.