Bullying is a matter for children, as one in five parents believes
To what extent do parents worry about bullying? According to a study prepared by Educo, one in five parents believes that the bullying It is "children's thing" and would not act in these cases if you observe them in your children. In fact, 63% of parents understand that it is the school that must act if these circumstances occur.
These data are in the report Violence against children. Do we know how to protect our children?, in which Educo makes it clear that the bullying "It is a clear form of violence among children that not only occurs in school, but can occur in all spaces shared by children: family, sports or recreational activities, parks, or through social networks."
Despite this alert, the study ensures that the 11% of parents I would have difficulties admit this situation and that, therefore, would not give more importance to the matter. The majority option in these cases is to talk with the children: 56%, a percentage that goes up to 63% in the case of a daughter of 6-9 years and that goes down to 49% in the case of a child male of the same age.
Do we talk enough with our children?
Sometimes, talking with our children is not easy. More than half of respondents (54%) say they have not talked "in detail" with their children about bullying. A percentage that goes up to 63% in the case of those parents who "do not find the right moment to talk about sex education" with their children. Also significant is the percentage of parents who are unable to maintain daily conversations with their children: 32% of the respondents.
Educo has observed at this point that many parents " missing tools to deal with the issues in an appropriate manner, "which means that they do not find the right moment to have that conversation with their children.
"The situations of violence and abuse towards childhood they are much more frequent than we would like to think and many cases do not come to light ", warns Educo, who regrets that sometimes parents" are not aware of the risks their children can suffer or have the knowledge to deal with dangerous situations. "
The dangers of the Internet
Some of these risks occur on the Internet. As explained by this body, it is from 10 years old when the number of children who have a computer in their room increases, email or a profile in some social network. "However, many fathers and mothers have a relaxed attitude towards the Internet, they do not know and do not take measures to protect their children from the dangers of the Internet," the organization warns.
According to their study, more than half of the parents (54%) believe that the Internet is a tool "without many risks" or, even, "safe just by teaching some basic guidelines". This means that 43% of respondents have not talked extensively with their children about the problems and risks of the Internet. Of course, here differences are observed according to sex: parents talk more with daughters from 10 to 12 years old (69%) than with children of the same age (63%).
But this does not end here: not only the parents they do not appreciate danger in which their children are exposed to the Network but in many occasions they are the ones who expose them: more than half have posted photos of their sons and daughters in social networks or in their WhatsApp profile and 79% do not know any tool to control their children's access to the Network.
Do children feel safe?
48% of children in Spain perceive the school as a unsafe space, "where they are exposed to abuse, physical or emotional abuse." If asked about their biggest risks, 62% talk about going alone on the street, while only 47% perceive the Internet as a dangerous space. In the case of the family home, 14% consider it an unsafe place.
Why is there violence in the world? This has also been asked to the children and the response is striking: 65% of children think that violence is a consequence of the cruelty or badness of adults. Also, 33% believe that the abuse is a form of punishment for something they have done or that adults believe they have done.
"Knowing the risks that exist, knowing how to prevent them and how to act if necessary is essential to ensure the safety and well-being of our children", conclude from Educo, asking all the actors involved to get down to work improve the present and the future of today's children, who will be the adults of tomorrow.