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  • Ariel Sánchez Rojas

Every 12 minutes there is a victim of violence in a school

Every 12 minutes there is a case of bullying in , what is happening? Recent figures on Bullying. And some comments from Clio

Intentional and repetitive harm that does not know how to avoid or stop victimization. We know that 7 out of 10 suffer from it, and that 40% of them drop out of school as a result. But what else is happening?

We were reading about school bullying in Colombia along with its region (from the Education Economics Laboratory (link below)). Here we tell you what is happening and what we should be doing differently.

Let's start with the Psyche, we find that bullying affects the achievement of goals, relationships and confidence of people who did not know how to get out of it. That is, they will be people who will find it difficult to set goals, achieve them and improve them. They do not know how to trust and that makes it difficult for them to generate quality relationships with the people in their community. Bullying suffers from anxiety, insecurity and apathy. Both have behaviors that affect their mental health, neither of them knows how to get out of there, and the measures of the national school coexistence system are increasingly becoming more reactive and less preventive.

The second thing is that we are, after the Dominican Republic, the country with the most cases of bullying in Latin America, why do you think?

Third, do you want to know what it's like inside the classroom? (i) they leave out classmates on purpose (their academic learning is affected), (ii) they make fun of their appearance or beliefs several days a week, (iii) or they are threatened. Explain to me when you are recording, measuring or monitoring what happens by the second.

Fourth, 4 out of 10 almost never suffer from bullying, almost 3 out of 10 a few times a year, almost 2 out of 10 a few times a month and 1 out of 10 once or more a week. How do we know which is which within the schools?

Fifth: sleep disorders, loss of appetite and anxiety, as well as some with suicidal thoughts (1 in 1,000) and feeling like a victim in their current life, are the symptoms that almost or never go away.

What should schools do?

  1. Develop, within the curriculum, the development of socio-emotional skills (a free visit to those who know what they are).

  2. Train teachers and parents in cases of bullying to create preventive measures.

  3. Clarify, simplify and constantly socialize the attention, complaint and attention routes.

  4. Follow the incident.

  5. Constantly make measurements about the problem to take effective actions.

In conclusion, schools need to know how frequent bullying is, how serious it is, what actions to take and all through the development of socio-emotional competency skills (or citizens as we call them today).

Schools need to teach how to properly manage anger, how to develop empathy, recognize the rights of others, learn to listen, communicate assertively, be tolerant of frustration (constructive management of solutions) and creative generation of options ( learn to ask for and receive help).

And this has to go on the curriculum.

Stay tuned as we will continue to publish useful information for schools and their titanic task of reducing violence (the same one that the rulers of the countries have).


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