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Why do kids bully? And what can parents do about it?

Why do kids bully? And what can parents do about it?

Bullying is unfortunately a common problem in Australian schools, with surveys suggesting one in five teenagers are bullied. While schools are responsible for ensuring a safe environment, parents are likely to be distressed and unsure about what to do if their child is being bullied. What exactly is bullying? And how can you help your child if […] … learn more→

‘He was in fear of his life’: bullying can be a major factor in deciding to homeschool

‘He was in fear of his life’: bullying can be a major factor in deciding to homeschool

An increasing number of Australian families are educating their children at home, either through homeschooling or distance education. My research highlights how some parents are not necessarily choosing to homeschool for religious reasons or because they want to hothouse their kids. Nor are they doing it as their first choice. Rather some are doing it […] … learn more→

Prejudice against LGBTI students is born in society and grows in school

Prejudice against LGBTI students is born in society and grows in school

The formal educational system in which children and adolescents spend a significant part of their lives is, in turn, an agent of socialization and a space for relationships. The school as gender technology On the one hand , the school is a technology of gender . That is, through the explicit curriculum, and especially the […] … learn more→

Bullying targets gifted students

Bullying targets gifted students

Peer violence is one of the problems that raises the most social concern in schools due to its prevalence, its severity and its relationship with health and psychosocial adjustment variables. Numerous studies have revealed physical health problems, emotional and behavioral difficulties , impaired social development, and poor academic performance associated with youth exposure to this violence. School bullying is defined […] … learn more→

School students who had COVID-19 report stigma and bullying. How can we stop it?

School students who had COVID-19 report stigma and bullying. How can we stop it?

Queensland school students have reportedly been bullied after being diagnosed with COVID-19 and have struggled to return to school as a result. The Queensland Department of Education stated it hasn’t heard of any bullying related to the COVID-19 outbreak. Given the nature of bullying, this isn’t necessarily surprising. Stigma related to being diagnosed with COVID-19 has the […] … learn more→

Half of our unis don’t have bullying policies for students. This is what they need to protect them

Half of our unis don’t have bullying policies for students. This is what they need to protect them

Students are heading off to universities around Australia, whether for the first time or as returning students, with expectations of a year of learning, making friends and enjoyable socialising. For some students this will not be the case. Bullying by other students continues to be a serious but neglected problem at Australian universities. Our recent study of […] … learn more→

Education policies in England overlook bullying of LGBT+ pupils

Education policies in England overlook bullying of LGBT+ pupils

Nearly half of LGBT+ pupils are bullied in school because of their gender or sexual orientation. In fact, LGBT+ bullying is the most common type of bullying in schools. Just 27% of secondary school pupils believe it would be safe to come out as LGBT+ in their schools. Despite this, a 2020 report shows that only one-fifth of secondary school students report […] … learn more→

Bullying won’t be curbed until we figure out what fuels it

Bullying won’t be curbed until we figure out what fuels it

In October 2019, a 14-year-old and an 18-year-old were charged with first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of Devan Bracci-Selvey, who died in his mother’s arms outside his southern Ontario high school. In response, provincial Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced “new actions” to tackle bullying, notably without any new funding. These strategies include consulting with students, parents, teachers […] … learn more→

If you want to cut bullying in schools, look at the ‘invisible violence’ in our society

If you want to cut bullying in schools, look at the ‘invisible violence’ in our society

A new strategy to tackle bullying of children both inside and outside the school gates was recently released by the South Australian Department of Education. It has adopted the national definition of bullying that directly links it to a misuse of power. The strategy also questions the role “movies, television, newspapers and the internet” could play in promoting violence. But bullying […] … learn more→