French School
of Singapore

Anti-bullying unit

Creating a calm, learning-friendly school climate is a priority for the educational community.

Bullying can threaten students' physical and emotional safety and can negatively impact their ability to learn.

The best way to tackle bullying is to have a common approach, identified by all educational partners.

For this reason, the LFS has put in place an anti-bullying unit based on the method of shared concern.

Trained staff work with students to put an end to these situations. In this context, each student may be requested to bring his/her support to help us solve a situation of intimidation.

What is the method of shared concern method?

It's a non-accusatory approach.

The speaker voluntarily adopts an empathetic attitude. He does not blame bullies, does not punish, does not make the student feel guilty. It shows that he/she is concerned about the situation of the student who is targeted by bullying.

It takes the form of a series of one-on-one encounters with the bullies.

Since harassment is by nature a group phenomenon, the aim of the method is to undo the group effect by re-individualizing each of its members.

Bullies are asked to look for themselves what they could do to make the target feel better.

Those who participated in bullying are encouraged to become actors in solving the problem they created. The speaker places them in a position to fix what they have done to the target.

Interviews continue until the bullying has fully ended.

The speaker is as tenacious as he/she is benevolent. He/she will continue the interviews until the bullies have found a solution and the target feels better.

Whom should I speak to?

If you think that your child is a victim of bullying or a witness, you may contact his Form Teacher who will study his situation and advise you on how to proceed.

To learn more

Conference by Mr Bellon, Philosophy teacher, Chief Education Advisor co-creator of the Association pour la Prévention des phénomènes de Harcèlement Entre Elèves (APHEE - Association for the Prevention of Occurences of Harassment Between Students) and academic trainer.

This conference aimed at parents was held at the LFS in October 2017.