Adults will be expected to teach children about the problem behaviour after attending courses paid for by the education department. A total of 40,000 euros are earmarked to deliver sessions for parents by the end of the year.
The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) estimates up to 40% of nine-year-olds have been victimised.
Education minister Ruairi Quinn said: “Bullying is not a problem schools can or should be left to tackle alone. Parents, families and the wider community have an important role to play in tackling all forms of bullying and in teaching children how to manage relationships, be resilient and have empathy for others.”
The minister said the anti-bullying parent training programme will be available nationwide. It will be a two-and-a-half hour session that helps parents support their children with issues of bullying and informs them about new anti-bullying procedures for primary and secondary schools…