Brakes on bullies

Anti-bullying campaigner Rocky Davis. Picture: Jon Hewson d416982b
Anti-bullying campaigner Rocky Davis. Picture: Jon Hewson d416982b

Mr Davis said it was ‘heartbreaking’ to see school-aged children being denied education because they were too scared to face classroom bullies.

For the past seven years, Mr Davis has worked with students from Warnbro Primary School as a student services education assistant, helping to bring a sense of community to the school through self esteem-based programs.

In an effort to combat bullying in local schools, Mr Davis recently launched Breaking the Cycle Consultants ” an anti-bullying program for schools.

The program is designed specifically to help children understand the concept of empathy and compassion.

The two-hour program has been introduced to Gilmore College in Kwinana and Warnbro Community High School, and will be introduced to other local schools throughout the year.

‘There is a real need for programs that target schoolyard bullying and children need to think about their actions and how they are possibly affecting others,’ Mr Davis said.

‘Bullying causes pain and anxiety for not only the victim but also their families.

‘The children who are part of the program receive green wrist bands and this is to build a sense of belonging to a group and a community.’

Mr Davis started working with children nearly 10 years ago as a Neighbourhood Watch officer in Waikiki.

‘I remember going to one house and seeing these two boys. They had no father figure and I took it upon myself to be there for them both,’ he said.

‘I took them on fishing trips and helped them at school, which is how I got my job at Warnbro Primary.

‘This job found me and I believe this is my purpose in life, to help others feel safe’

Breaking the Cycle Consultants is also available for workplace sessions.

For more information about the program, call Mr Davis on 0450 890 305 or email rockydavis@westnet.com.au.