Seven out of ten children bullied at school, says survey
Seven out of ten pupils complained they had suffered at the hands of school bullies with each victim claiming their tormentors had used six different techniques.
These ranged from name-calling and bullying by text message to physical attacks.
The survey of more than 8,500 children, parents and teachers also showed that youngsters were regularly kept off school because of fears over their safety.
Even I was surprised by the numbers. I would have never guessed the problem was that big. Though, this policy might explain why the problem has gotten so big.
Some schools have adopted trendy "no blame" approaches which involve bringing tormentors and victims together to try to build "empathy" between them.
But the technique has proved controversial as culprits escape formal sanctions.
Remember, at school there is no such thing as right and wrong.
The survey, conducted by Bullying Online between January and July, suggested that reporting bullying to teachers failed to stop it in more than half of cases.
"What comes across is that school anti-bullying policies are not working. Even the best policies are only seen as successful by 53 per cent of children" added Mrs Carnell.
Here's a few more interesting tid bits.
More than half of bullied children had been physically hurt and 34 per cent needed to see a doctor. Three per cent of attacks had involved a weapon.
Meanwhile 65 per cent of the parents questioned said they had kept their child at home for safety reasons and 63 per cent of those pupils had missed more than five days at school.
This is what I find most aggravating:
"If assaults were happening in the workplace the attackers would be prosecuted, but in many cases the bullies are getting off scot-free without any punishment at all."
In high school I endured quite a lot of harrassment. The school was basically no help at all. The bullying stopped when I physically fought back. Actually, it was a tray of food dumped over someones head in the lunch room, but that's another story.
It was also when I decided that pacifism doesn't work. I did the whole "turn the other cheek" thing, and the harrassment escalated. I fought back and it stopped. I was suspended for three days because of the incident, but my teachers let me make up my work and perform with the band, even though technically that was against the rule. One of my teachers even sent me a congratulations card. This is just an example of how out of touch school policy and reality can be.
I wouldn't say that we homeschool to avoid bullies, but it was a factor in our decision. My experience negatively effected me. It was one of the reasons I was so eager to change my name when I got married. I felt safer. What a sad commentary on school.
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