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From the Base: The effects of Bullying

This week, and into next, the school has a focus on anti-bullying.  Dr Essex is approaching this with gusto, strongly supported by all the staff.  I thought I would like to share with you some parts of what the boys have learnt about.  Bullying has been identified as one of the top three threats to society in the coming years.

Children who are bullied are more likely to:

  Have low self-esteem

  Develop depression or anxiety

  Become socially withdrawn, isolated and lonely

  Have lower academic achievements due to avoiding or becoming disengaged   with school

  Be unable to form trusting, healthy relationships with friends or partners in the    future

Impact on children who bully

Children who frequently bully others are more likely to:

  Drop out of, or be expelled from school

  Engage in criminal behaviour

  Develop depression or anxiety

  Be abusive towards their partners, spouses or children as adults

Impact on bystanders

Children who witness bullying are more likely to:

  Feel powerless

  Live in fear and guilt

Impact on schools

Schools that do not take significant action against bullying are more likely to:

  Create a negative environment based on a culture of fear and disrespect

  Have poor student engagement, staff retention and parent satisfaction

  Give students the impression that teachers have little control and do not care

  Instill insecurity, low self-esteem and lack of ambition in their students

  Fail in inspiring students to reach their full academic potential

Schools that are tough on bullying are:

  • Safe
  • Fun
  • Places that enable students to thrive
  • Environments that help achieve better academic results for its pupils
  • Factories that help develop well rounded, kind and considerate people
  • Places where staff and pupils value each other
  • Inclusive, tolerant, interesting and enjoyable.
  • Breeding grounds to help pupils have good relationships with peers, their families and other adults they have contact with.

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