Dad’s book highlights problems of bullying

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A SHEFFIELD dad whose own daughter suffered at the hands of bullies has written a children’s book tackling the issue.

Ibrahim Nelson Kaggwa’s storybook The Bride in Leafyland was prompted into action after his daughter, who is autistic, began to complain of problems of bullying at school, which provided one-to-one support for her.

In the story, a bride and her husband arrive at their new home in a picturesque landscape but soon encounter bullying problems. The story aims to give children tools to take action against physical and cyber bullies.

Ibrahim said: “The entire story was designed to teach children along the way, including the would-be bully, the bullied and the spectator.It subtly shows that bullies can pick on the shy, the autistic disabled, the physically disabled, race, who may look, appear or dress differently.

“The primary lesson is to equip any child to safeguard against bullying others and or being bullied, to recognise bullying and do something about it, coupled with interpersonal lessons in action and problem-solving.”

The book, which is available on Amazon, also contains a pull-out poster that teachers, school councils, parents and children can use to discourage bullying.

Ibrahim describes himself as an international events facilitator and says he has worked with families and children for over 25 years in the UK, Kenya and Uganda.

He says he has also been involved with various charities, whose work includes helping child refugees and asylum seekers and providing out-of-school actitivities.

The publication of the book coincided with Anti-Bullying Week earlier this month.

The Anti-Bullying Alliance, founded by the National Children’s Bureau, established Anti-Bullying Week in 2006 and coordinates the week each year.

This year’s theme – we’re better without bullying – shines a light on bullying and its effect on achievement.

The message was that bullying is not acceptable in schools, clubs and teams and it aimed to help create environments where all children can develop skills and talents.

The alliance said: “Children and young people have more chance of achieving their full potential without bullying. We know that bullying can lead to children missing school, failing exams, dropping out of sport, staying away from extra curricular activities, and limiting their life choices. It is time that this stopped.”

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