The gifted are more likely to suffer bullying

What determines that a child was more or less likely to be a victim of bullying or bullying? According to denounce the Spanish Confederation of High Intellectual Capabilities (Confines), be gifted it can be one of the determining elements at the time of suffering this kind of abuse in class and school.

So they complained from this association last week after the suicide of a child with a disability who had suffered bullying in a high school in Madrid. Coinciding with this sad event, the organization warns that the High capacity also makes a difference compared to other students, so they are also susceptible to being victims of this type of practices that destroy the self-esteem of the victim.


Bullying, a scourge to eradicate

As you remember Confines, bullying is a reality, and only in Europe has already caused the suicide of more than 200,000 young people, according to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), "while schools are turning their faces to a reality that is becoming more and more worrying".

The bullying, in this way, it is a scourge to eradicate among all sectors of society. As they claim from this association, few children dare to confess as victims of bullying, something that is given by fear and shame, "the main arms of the harasser." "The shame is not to suffer harassment, but to allow it", they sentence in this respect.


All this makes it necessary, as requested from this confederation, that educational administrations collaborate in the search for solutions to the problems that many children with high abilities suffer in Spain. It is necessary, they ask, that their specific educational support needs be met and preventive measures be articulated to avoid bullying.

The dangers of bullying

The alerts of this association are not unjustified. Many studies talk about the dangers of those who suffer bullying and, even, an investigation assures that the bullying has worse consequences in the adult life that the infantile mistreatment.

Children and youth who have suffered bullying They are more likely than those who suffer abuse to develop mental problems such as anxiety or depression. In addition, it has been shown that they self-harm and even commit suicide more than those who have been victims of abuse by adults.


All this highlights again the need to fight against this kind of actions from all areas: in class, at home and on the street, by all the people who are part of society, because abuse is a serious problem with many causes and multiple consequences.

Angela R. Bonachera

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