Classic Labour (non)Solution
In a knee jerk response to text bullying Minister Maharey has aked the school review organisation ERO to add 'anti-Bullying Strategies' to the organisation's checklist.
Be aware ERO reviews a school every three years - early childhood education centres are four years.
This will take years for ERO to review school policies, set new standards and check compliance.
Maharey knows that. A bullied child at Intermediate school may have left one year before the next ERO review. That is no solution.
In any event it is not a school problem - the key issue with text bullying is the bullying at school follows the child home and into their home. There is no safe zone.
This is a parenting problem. See my earlier blog.
As usual with Labour they try to make it an institutional problem/solution - the problem is parents not facing up to their responsibilities and dealing with the bully in their midst. (sounds like the Labour government doesn't it) - witness David Benson-Pope.