So what about Bullying in Ireland ?
– Long range studies show that approximately 60% of boys who were characterized as bullies in grades 6-9 had at least one conviction by the age of 24. Even more dramatically, as much as 30-40% of former bullies had three or more convictions by this age. Thus as young adults, former school bullies had a fourfold increase in the level of relatively series criminality as documented in official crime records.
–homophobic bullying is the most dominant form of bullying in Ireland; targeting around 50% of young homosexuals. So if your child is in fact a homosexual, be prepared for them being likely targets, and gain as much knowledge as you can on how to deal with this issue.
– A nationwide survey of bullying in first and second level schools conducted by Trinity College Dublin estimates that some 31% of primary and 16% of secondary students have been bullied at some time. Of the total Irish school-going population, some 23% or 200,000 children are at risk of being victims of bullying in Ireland.
– Most likely location for targeting victims at the primary school level is ironically the playground at 74%, followed by the classroom at 31%. As for secondary level students the classroom takes over at 47%, while 37% takes place in school corridors. Other areas of attack included the toilets, changing rooms, locker areas and dormitories in boarding schools.
– Some national agencies to help you if your child is facing bullying in Ireland :
|CASE Programme for schools (delivered by PSNI)||028 9092 2964|
|Chalky Helpline (Children’s Law Centre, for legal advice)||0808 808 5678|
|ChildLine Helpline||0800 11 11|
|Parenting NI Helpline||0808 801 0722|
|Regional 24/7 Helpline||0808 808 8000|
– Physical aggression tends to decrease as children age. Although verbal aggression–think insult and threats–increases as children get older; on the other hand Boys are more likely to get involved in bullying then girls-who employ more indirect forms of aggression such as gossiping and rumor spreading.
– If you suspect that your child is being harassed; know that they will not be willing to open up about it (even if they are unguarded by nature). Children are reluctant to disclose to an adult, because they are embarrassed and feel like they won’t understand the situation- the best approach would be starting a casual conversation, and avoid pressuring the child into a certain discourse or action.