40% to over 75% of children will experience bullying during their school years
Many people believe the statistics are even higher as bullying figures only reveal those cases that have been reported.
Only 20% to 40% of children have reported being bullied.
70% of these individuals are in middle school and high school.
Even though only 7% to 12% of bullies repeat similar actions with different individuals, these percentages are still rather high.
Here are more concerning statistics
- About one in four Year 4 to Year 9 Australian students (27%) report being bullied every few weeks or more. This is actually considered to be frequent and often occurs during the last term at school
- Frequent school bullying is highest amongst Year 5 (32%) and Year 8 (29%) students
- 83% of students who bully others online will also bully others offline
- Peers are present as onlookers in 87% of bullying interactions. They play a central role in the bullying process
- Hurtful teasing is the most prevalent of all bullying behaviours experienced by students. This is followed by having hurtful lies told about them
- Online bullies appear to be related to age (or access to technology). Older students are more likely to engage in cyber bullying that younger students
(Source: Cross, D., Shaw, T., Hearn, L., Epstein, M., Monks, H., Lester, L., & Thomas, L. 2009. Australian Covert Bullying Prevalence Study (ACBPS). Child Health Promotion Research Centre, Edith Cowan University, Perth).
Peers play an essential role in promoting and preventing bullying
The current statistics and research indicate that peers play an essential role in promoting and preventing bullying.
If a bystander discourages a bully there is a 50% chance that the bully will stop. So by changing the behaviour of bullies and bystanders, we can prevent this at school.
Bullies enjoy playing to an audience
In fact, many peers actively reinforce bullying by laughing, teasing, or simply observing without making any protests towards the victim. And peers aren’t the only bystanders that witness this behaviour at school. When teachers, parents and other adults stand by without intervening, they are passively supporting the bullies.
Is your child or student being bullied?
Our tools, strategies and activities
Our workshop has been designed for students to raise awareness of their understanding and development of healthy relationships. We give them the tools and strategies to make healthy choices and build resilience in their relationships.
By raising awareness of bullying, we can then teach students how to handle, stop and prevent it.
The workshop provides a variety of workshop activities. These include multi-media presentations, short films, group discussions and work, role playing, games and other activities.
At workshop conclusion, students should be more empowered to
- Build resilience in their relationships
- Make healthy choices
- Understand the different forms of bullying behaviours and the consequences it can have on their victims
- Be more understanding of and develop healthy relationships
- Focus on the important role of a bystander and the opportunity that young people have of reducing bullies
- Promote emotional well being and healthy relationships
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