Guidance on how to deal with bullying on the buses, and what to do when your friends are in danger of distracting the driver, is being issued to every school in Essex.Naturally, the one that’s really most important (especially for other innocent road users!) comes second behind the one that’s flavour of the month…
Essex County Council has just launched B Safe B Cool The Collection, a DVD of 16 cartoon and real-life short films, plus interactive resources. It has been issued as a way of keeping up with the demand from schools on giving pupils advice on dealing with problems they face on the journey to and from school, of which bullying is top of the list.So, schools are ‘demanding’ this, are they?
Cllr Kay Twitchen, Chairman of Essex County Council, said at the launch: "I was at the start of the new Young Essex Assembly recently, and yet again tackling bullying is their number one priority.
"Staff do all they can to stop it happening in schools…Do they? Do they really, Kay? Are you sure about that? And even when they do, the policy is likely to be bonkers...
… but have no control over what occurs on the journey to and from school.
"I hope seeing these films will help pupils realise they are not alone, and that adults do realise it's a problem.
"I want them to feel able to tell their mum, tell a teacher, tell a friend and get some help.
"I feel so strongly about this, and worried about how sad it makes young people feel.
"I hope this goes some way to show them it does not have to happen."Good grief, woman, get a grip!
Gillian Mills, the county's passenger transport co-ordinator, said: "We have made this film individually over the years but they have never been brought together as a collection.
"The aim of this new resource is for schools to use it in their curriculum, maybe incorporate in their PSHE or transition lessons…In their...?
I had to Google that! 'Transition lessons' are still a mystery though.
"Children when they are in groups without an adult sometimes need guidance and education on how to behave."Given the number of school trips I've observed on public transport that 'without an adult' was redundant.