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Do You Know School Bullying?

Jan 05, 2017, 13:11:36
School bullying has always been a global issue and the research on violence, including bullying, has been followed an upward trend with the rapid increase of violence occurrence. According to a report published by the United States Department of Education, about 22% of children aged 12 to 18 years are bullied in schools in the US, 2014. Also, Guardian reported that the happiness of British students is very low due to the widespread of violence on campus. A study published in 2015 by the National Children's Association shows that about 500,000 aged 10 to 12 British students have experienced physical violence at schools, while 38 % said they were beaten by their classmates last month. Meanwhile, it is reported that in Germany, one out of five children had been beaten by their classmates.

Psychologists define bullying as an aggressive, persistent act against another person in order to harm or oppress others. School bullying refers not only to the harm caused by physical activities, but also to the physical and psychological harm from abusive words, being framed, and being forced to do things they do not like. Bullying is everywhere. Places like the corridors, playgrounds, washrooms, and school buses where are taken less seriously, but bullying are more likely to happen. The beginning of bullying may just be a word or an action, but if there is no timely intervention, it will more likely to become intensified habitual behavior. The impact of bullying will affect mental health development of children and adolescents, and result in various long-term or even life-long negative effects. Data shows that bullying victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely considering suicide than non-victims. Many teen suicides and school shootings are related to school bullying.

As the one of the earliest countries starting school bullying study, The United States began researching 60 years ago, and has formed a complete system to protect students from law to campus facility in solving school bullying. At present, most of U.S. states continually improve legislation and in practice to strengthen the violence prevention and punishment on campus, which makes school security a legal requirement. In addition, American government sent polices stationed at campus to maintain and inspect school order.

A study released by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has reported that Canada ranked only 27th on children health and safety in 29 wealthy countries, and ranked 17th in the children’s happiness index. According to Statistic 2010, more than 1,100,000 children are being bullied on schools each week in Canada, and 160,000 of them drop out of schools. As we can see, bullying in Canada is a serious issue. Therefore, many aspects of Canadian institutions have to be improved. In terms of school bullying legislation, it is reported that in 2012, Ontario government published the "Acceptance of Co-Schools Act" (Bill 13) after times of anti-bullying bill discussion and revising. At this point, the definition of bullying is legislated by Ontario Government so that every student, teacher, school educator and parent understands what is bullying and recognizes that bullying is unacceptable. Laurel Broten, Ontario's education minister, stressed that the anti-bullying bill enacted by provincial government is primarily aimed at preventing bullying and harassment on campus, creating a positive school climate so that each student, regardless of ethnicity, color, religion, sexual orientation or disability would feel safe, inclusive and mutually comprehensive.

Canada is a multicultural country with international students coming from different places around the world. These children have different culture, religion backgrounds, habits, interests, and emotional expression. However, some of them become the victims of bullying because of their differences in colors, languages, ethnic, clothing and so on. As a multicultural country, nation integration coexists with culture conflict, and behind racial harmony and comprehension are some social issues neglected by people. However, school bullying is one of the epitomes of these social problems.

Children are in their learning and imitating stage of their lives. At this time, third-party guidance is particularly important. When bullying happens, parents and educators should give timely education and behavior correction to make sure the issue could be solved properly. For instance, there is a classic case of bullying occurred in the state of Washington: a fourth-grade student was bullied by other senior students because he had his head shaved. He was crying and standing on the hallway, afraid of entering classroom. At that time, his teacher who knew the incident called the victim to shave her hair in public, and told that being bullied child in front of the whole school students, "You have my hair shaved if someone was laughed at you, and he was also laughed at me." This teacher's problem solving approach is very creative, and full of love. And she guided children to understand the individual differences in using proper attitude.

In addition, bullying occurrence is not an accidental event and even royal family members had experienced it. It was reported that Japanese Royal Prince Takamoto's only daughter, Aiko was bullied by school boys. As a result, she suffered from abdominal pain, and felt nervous and insecure, even scared of school. Royal family children could not avoid being bullet, even not to mention children from ordinary families. As we mentioned before, school bullying is everywhere. And society and adults’ attitude and action toward bullying is the only way to make a difference.

Children are incapable of discerning right from wrong and lack self-protection consciousness. Therefore, we need to work together to solve the issue of school bullying. We were children and we would have children in the future. If the community is indifferent, bullying will become more serious. How could you deal with if it happens to your child?