It doesn’t matter if you are a learner, an educator, a parent, an adolescent, or a community member. Everyone has a role in the prevention of school bullying, and most people have directly or indirectly participated in, witnessed, or experienced some form of bullying in schools.
There are several types of bullying to know about, and different ways that educators, schools, and parents can help stop bullying at school.
Bullying must meet certain requirements to be considered bullying. These are: malintent, imbalance of power, distress, and provocation. School bullying may occur either in schools, on campus, or outside of school, but it is due to relationships created in school settings.
Those who have experienced bullying can have low self-esteem which can lead to depression. Some victims of bullying have physical and/or emotional distress as a result of school bullying. Adolescents who were bullied are more likely to develop depression in adulthood.
It is hard on a parent to find out their child is being bullied but know that you can do something about it. Children should know from an early age what effect their behaviour has on others. They should be taught to see others’ perspectives to help them understand other people emotionally. Bullying in schools is a tough issue to tackle, but if schools, parents, and learners all commit to stopping and preventing bullying, it can be stopped. [read more]