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The most common form of bullying in schools is verbal bullying. According to bullyingstatistics.org, “When it comes to verbal bullying, this type of bullying is the most common type with about 77 percent of all students being bullied verbally in some way or another including mental bullying or even verbal abuse. These types of bullying can also include spreading rumors, yelling obscenities or other derogatory terms based on an individual’s race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, etc.” Verbal bullying in schools can result in children refusing to use the bathroom at school for fear they will be bullied when a teacher is not around or distancing themselves from classmates or friends due to low self-esteem. Effects of bullying can even include a decline in academic performance and health related complaints.
physical bullying is another predominant form of bullying in schools. Physical bullying is a leading cause of school violence and can include hitting, pushing and stealing from another student. While the effects of physical bullying seem to be more obvious, children may try to mask this situation and make up excuses for why their things have gone missing again or why they may have strange marks or bruises on their bodies. It is important that parents, teachers and administrators are on the lookout for warning signs of physical bullying and that any witnesses or victims immediately report the bullying in order to prevent future occurrences.
It is hard to believe that so much of the bullying that occurs in schools goes unnoticed by teachers and other students. So where exactly does bullying usually occur?
Bullying can occur anywhere at any time. It is crucial that teachers, administrators and parents are on the lookout for bullying. Additionally, school staff should engage students in discussions about where and when bullying takes place so they can work together to ensure those places do not get overlooked. Stopbullying.gov also suggests to, “create a mission statement, code of conduct, school-wide rules, and a bullying reporting system. These establish a climate in which bullying is not acceptable.”
It is clear that bullying in schools is still a monumental issue, but which students are being bullied and why? According to stopbullying.gov, the following attributes increase a child’s risk of being bullied:
The first step in the fight against bullying is awareness and proactive measures that prevent bullying from starting in the first place. The following are steps that you, your school and your family can take to prevent and eliminate bullying from schools:
Regardless of whether or not your child has seen or been a victim of bullying, it is never too early to begin talking with them about bullying and what they should do if they see it or are a part of it. Be proactive and preventative against bullying and start today.