Bullying in Schools Essay

835 Words Apr 5th, 2011 4 Pages
School bullying is a distinct form of aggressive behaviour, usually involving a power imbalance. It can be physically, verbally and, more recently, electronically threatening, and can cause emotional, physical and psychological harm. Bullying in schools historically has been seen as a fundamental part of childhood. (Campbell, 2005 p68) It was seen as a social, educational and racial issue that needed little research and attention, until in the 1970’s and 80’s researchers began pioneering studies into bullying in our schools. (Rigby, 2007, p1) Bullying is now seen as a serious problem that begins in the classroom and often continues into the workplace. (Campbell, 2005 p68) There is now widespread support that schools should be involved in …show more content…
(Lodge, 2008 p1) Bullying in Schools can be racially motivated. Individuals can be singled out because of skin colour, language, ethnicity, or different cultures and religions. In 2008, 11% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander children aged 4-14 years old reported their indigenous origin as the reason why they were bullied. (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2010) Bullying has also become a political issue, with the federal government commissioning enquiries into bullying and introducing the National Safe Schools framework in 2003, with a revision in 2011 adapting to the increase of cyberbullying. This framework is aimed at providing proactive and practical approaches to combat bullying in schools. (Minister for Education Julia Gillard, 2003, Minister for Education, Peter Garrett, 2011) Bullying is found in all schools. (Rigby 1997 p9) The affects of bullying in schools are far reaching. Raising awareness and educating families about bully prevention strategies are crucial in reducing the numbers of bullying incidents in schools. Encouraging parents and students to develop good relationships, open communications and to recognise and

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