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CEPNZ has Answer to Text Bullying.

CEPNZ has Answer to Text Bullying.

The “ZT Bully Pack” developed by the CEPNZ (Character Education Programme of NZ) is now being used by 205 schools throughout the country.

This resource, launched two months ago, helps schools to develop a school-wide policy of Zero-Tolerance (ZT) for bullying and methods to catch and eliminate text-bullies within their community.

The CEPNZ believes that schools that completely ban mobile phones from their grounds will not have any effect in reduce text bullying. The ZT Bully Pack provides schools with the resources needed to record, monitor and catch text bullies.

Schools can not turn a blind eye to what is becoming a major problem in our society by eliminating mobile phones from one area of the community. In effect it is the same as saying “Well, it didn’t happen during our watch!”

Text bullying will still continue unless schools take action to regulate the use of mobile phones instead of banning them and develop monitoring processes as outlined in our resources.

The CEPNZ is not funded by the Ministry of Education and schools are required to pay about the same price of a music CD for the use of the ZT Bully Pack through their school.

As the CEPNZ Truancy Resource Pack (used by over 25% of schools) has proven its effectiveness in reducing truancy and non-attendance, we hope that the ZT Bully Pack will eliminate bullying from our schools in the months to come.

For further information, please see our website: www.cepnz.co.nz/bully.html.

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