Head to Scribble Town and learn about the different types of bullying, and how kids can protect themselves and others. Also, how they may have unintentionally been a bully too!
Where: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
When: 30 Sep 2020 - 31 Jan 2021
Time: Tue - Sun, 10 am to 5 pm (Closed on Mon)
Fees: Free for Singaporeans and PR
On display at the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall (SYSNMH) is Scribble Town, an interactive exhibition by the National Heritage Board (NHB) and the Singapore Children's Society that presents the social issue of bullying and encourages children to reflect on their own experiences of bullying - whether as a bully or a bullied.
Types of Bullying
What counts as bullying? The exhibition follows the quest of Sam, Dan and Lydia, to save the fictional world of Scribble Town. Designed so that the child is part of the comic pages, the exhibition features comic artwork across three different stations and 80 comic frames.
The doodles across the stations are captivating and by following the path dotted on the floor (and a dose of imagination), you be transported into Scribble Town.
Following the characters on their mission to bring back colour to Scribble Town, children can observe the interaction between Sam, Dan and Lydia, and learn about the different forms of bullying - Verbal, Relational and Cyber.
The exhibition includes elements of interaction through the use of foot pedals, so as to minimise high touch areas. It also has a couple of pretty cool photo spots for families to capture a selfie too!
Reflection on Bullying
Unlike in the cartoons where there are clear good and evil, the exhibition ends with each character being both a bully and bullied in different stations. Through examples of hurtful words and other scenarios, the exhibition prompts the young visitors to reflect on their own experiences on bullying, whether they have been victims or if they have acted in ways that count as bullying.
The exhibition hopes that children can reflect on the different types of bullying, how and why bullying can occur and sometimes unintentionally (both as being the bully or bullied), and the impact of bullying on the parties involved.
While the exhibition is relatively small, about 30 mins to complete, the issue to reflect on is big. Singapore Children's Society hope that by partnering with NHB, they are able to present the topic of bullying in an engaging and chld-friendly manner, and move closer to a bully-free culture.