Bullying in schools is a worldwide problem that can have negative consequences for the general school climate and for the right of students to learn in a safe environment without fear. Bullying can also have negative lifelong consequences–both for students who bully and for their victims. School bullying is an unwelcomed behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include
A difference in power: Kids who bully use their physical strength or popularity to control or harm others. Repetition: happening more than once or have the potential to happen more than once. School Bullying is a type of bullying that takes place in an educational setting. Bullying can be physical, sexual, verbal, or emotional in nature. Recent statistics suggests that the majority of students will experience bullying at some point in their academic careers.
The long term effects of bullying are numerous, and can include sensitivity, anxiety, and depression. It is important for teachers and parents to understand and recognize the signs of bullying (of both bullies and victims), and to be equipped with strategies and tools to address bullying in schools. Types of school bullying include :
Physical bullying is any unwanted physical contact between the bully and the victim. This is one of the most easily identifiable forms of bullying. Examples include: punching, pushing, shoving, kicking, inappropriate touching, tickling, headlocks, school pranks, teasing, fighting, use of available objects as weapons. Emotional
Emotional bullying is any form of bullying that causes damage to a victim’s psyche and/or emotional well-being. Examples include: spreading malicious rumors about people, keeping certain people out of a “group”, getting certain people to “gang up” on others (this also could be considered physical bullying),making fun of certain people, ignoring people on purpose – the silent treatment, also known as ‘Sending to Coventry’, harassment, provocation, pretending the victim is non-existent, saying hurtful sentences (also a form of verbal bullying), belittling Verbal.
Verbal bullying is any slanderous statements or accusations that cause the victim undue emotional distress. Examples include: directing foul language (profanity) at the target, using derogatory terms or playing with the person’s name, commenting negatively on someone’s looks, clothes, body etc. – personal abuse, tormenting, harassment, being laughed at, teasing, belittling Cyber-bullying
And in this age of modern technology, there’s a new type of bullying– cyberbullying. Cyberbullying happens when someone is taunted or abused via e-mail, instant messaging, on social networking sites like FaceBook, etc. Sexual
Sexual bullying is “any bullying behavior, whether physical or non-physical, that is based on a person’s sexuality or gender. Statistics Bullying is a common occurrence in most schools. According to the American Psychological Association, approximately “40% to 80% of school-age children experience bullying at some point during their school careers”. Regardless of the grade level, socioeconomic environment, gender, religion, or sexual orientation, bullying can happen to anyone.
However, various studies point out that students from lower socio-economic backgrounds are more bullied than students from higher socio-economic backgrounds. Most children experience bullying at some point in their academic careers. The following is a list of statistics that illustrate the severity of bullying within classrooms: 20–40% of bullying victims actually report being bullied
70% of secondary school students experience bullying in school 7–12% of bullies are habitual and pose a serious threat
23% of 9th graders have carried a weapon to school recently 5–15% of students are constantly bullied
27% of students are bullied because of their refusal to engage in common sexual practices 25% of students encourage bullying if not given proper education and support in anti-bullying techniques At least 1 in 3 adolescent students in Canada have reported being bullied recently 47%of Canadian parents report having a child victim of bullying CONCLUSION
Bullying is a serious problem that can dramatically affect the ability of students to progress academically and socially. A comprehensive intervention plan that involves all students, parents, and school staff is required to ensure that all students can learn in a safe and fear-free environment.