The Roots of Empathy program encourages the development of empathy in young children, which then serves to prevent bullying behaviour later on.
A mother and baby visit classrooms with a Roots of Empathy facilitator. Empathy is fostered by the children viewing life through the eyes of the infant, and the parent who anticipates and meets their needs. The children also develop an attachment of sorts to the infant, who grows and changes over the course of time.
Unfortunately, Premier Clark’s announcement indicates that the program will be released through Kindergarten classes, and to some early childhood centers. There is no indication that the anti-bullying program will be released to children in other Elementary School grades. There is also no indication of funding for anti-bullying programs in High School.