Bullying

“Treat others the way you want to be treated” is the Golden Rule and, it should be
followed in every aspect of your life.

School bullying has been a major subject of public concern, political pressure, and academic debate, and it continues to be one of the most pressing educational issues of our time. Bullying means using aggressive behaviour that involves undesired, unfavourable behaviours that is repeated over time, as well as an imbalance of power or strength between the perpetrator or perpetrators and the victim. Different surveys measure the frequency of bullying in different ways. Aggressions must occur at least once or twice a month or more for a student to be deemed a victim of bullying.

Bullying can come in different forms, from cyberbullying to physical bullying. It’s all wrong, and it has to stop. Bullying has a seriously harmful effect on the victim’s life. Those who are repeatedly bullied may be driven to the breaking point, at which point they may end up injuring themselves or others. Why do students bully their classmates? I believe students bully others because they are insecure and lack confidence. They utilise bullying tactics to impress other classmates. Bullies thrive on the attention they receive from their classmates. Their heinous behaviours make them feel strong and popular. Bullies target students who they believe are physically weak, unpopular with their peers, easily intimidated, or prejudiced against.

Bullying may have a devastating effect on the victims. Children and teens may struggle to concentrate in class, miss classes, avoid school activities, play truant, or drop out entirely as a result of the repercussions. This has a negative impact on academic progress as well as future education and work opportunities. Anxiety, fear, and insecurity are incompatible with learning, and hazardous learning settings can, as a result, damage the quality of education for all students.

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Bullying can be stopped by using the following measures :

  • Ensuring that law exists to protect children’s rights and to underpin strategies to prevent and respond to school violence and bullying;
  • Teachers should be trained and supported in order to prevent and respond to school violence and bullying.
  • Encourage whole-school initiatives that involve the entire community, including students, teachers, other school personnel, parents, and local governments;
  • Offer children with knowledge and support so that they can speak up and seek help;
  • Encourage children’s meaningful engagement in initiatives to avoid and respond to school violence and bullying;
  • Priority should be given to children who are particularly vulnerable due to their colour, ethnicity, handicap, gender, or sexual orientation.
  • Create child-friendly reporting, complaint and counselling procedures, and restorative ways.

School-related violence, in all of its forms, including bullying, violates the rights of children and adolescents to an education as well as to their health and well-being. If students are subjected to violence in the classroom, no country can achieve inclusive and equitable quality education for all.

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