9.3% of students have suffered harassment, according to Save The Children
The harassment and cyberbullying they are forms of violence present in the school environment, which occur between peers and which is sometimes a behavior only relevant to the victim who suffers harassment or cyberbullying. This is the reality that the organization aims to bring to light Save The Children, when talking about bullying and cyberbullying as a form of violence, in his last report Yo a eso no juego.
"Harassment must be called by its name, it is a form of violence, it is not a child's game and we can not justify it As a society we can not afford to fail children who are suffering from stress or anxiety and, as we have recently seen , sometimes they even reach suicide, "says Andrés Conde, CEO of Save the Children Spain.
6.9% of students consider themselves victims of cyberbullying
The survey conducted by Save the Children it has been based on 21,487 interviews to students between 12 and 16 years old. Of which, a 9.3% of students consider that they have suffered bullying in the last two months and 6.9% consider themselves victims of cyberbullying. Regarding the stalkers, 5.4% of children admit to having harassed someone and 3.3% acknowledge having done so through the Internet or social networks.
However, there are other situations of violence at school, that although they can not be classified as cases of harassment, they are equally worrisome because they can become so. In this sense, the survey of Save The Children It notes that 6 out of 10 children recognize that someone has insulted them in recent months, of which 22.6% say it has been frequent and more than a third through mobile or Internet. Almost 30% of children say they have received physical blows, 6.3% frequently.
Student aggressors and assaulted
What is it that leads a student to manifest an aggressive behavior towards another? It is striking that the main reason given by children who practice harassment is "they do not know why". The second cause that more times have given is by "spending a joke". The results of the survey show that half of the students acknowledge having insulted or said offensive words from someone and one in three claims to have physically assaulted another child.
"Public authorities always react to serious cases with media coverage, daily situations of harassment remain invisible and systematic institutional measures are lacking.Prevention of violence in children is the best way to prevent violence in the world of adults", affirms Count.
Strategies to prevent bullying and school bullying
Harassment and cyberbullying should be part of a strategy to fight against violence in childhood, with the necessary resources to:
1. Prevent violence before it occurs with specialized training for professionals and awareness to the whole society.
2. Stop violence when it has already happened providing the child with tools so he knows he is being a victim and where and how to ask for help.
3. Help overcome it with educational measures and protection for both the victim child and the child aggressor.
Currently, the organization Save the Children has opened an online petition with more than 24,000 signatures to ask the government and all political forces to commit to approve a comprehensive strategy against all forms of violence against children, with a specific budget and that has as its central axis an Organic Law.
If you want to sign the petition "Let's end violence against children in Spain" click here.
Marisol Nuevo Espín