"I Am Not Scared" Project
The “Bullying” phenomenon and how to tackle it
Committee of Social Policy – Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Bullying, Victims, Bullies, Definitions, Advice
Parents, Teachers, Young People.
1 - 20 pages
The goal of this project is to make known the phenomenon of bullying and to sensitize the students of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki on the issue. The term “bullying” is defined as the repetitive bullying of individuals and this can take various forms including: Verbal, social, emotional abuse, rumor spreading or even stealing of money and possessions. The victims of bullying is possible to suffer not only from behavior disorders but also psychological and psychosomatic problems. The bullies often present elements of anti-social and sometimes criminal attitude and they usually detest school.
This problem existed from the beginning of mass education but it got bigger during the years of globalization and especially after the transformation of our educational system into multi-cultural. Having as a goal the investigation of greek reality, the research conducted to teenagers who had just finished the high school. (students at the first year in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki). According to this, 11% of those being questioned have been victims of violent acts and 75% of those were boys, whereas 76% said that has been attacked by boys. An interesting finding that coincides with many other researches, is that the pupils don’t trust their teachers whereas 10% don’t talk to anyone about the problem. The students that took part in the research gave their definitions for “bullying” either they have been victims of such incidents or not. They define this phenomenon as aggressiveness, harassment or violence within school for various reasons, including: for fun, because of psychological disorders that stem from the family environment or even because of domination or physical supremacy.
In order to get recognized the signs of aggressiveness and to be given the necessary attention, there be given some advice to parents whose children have been bullied at schools or they have promote aggressive attitude.
This publication of the Committee of Social Policy of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki is a valuable effort for the acquaintance with the problem of bullying and how to tackle it. Its goal is the awareness of the students and the public as well. It contains an articulate and detailed analysis of the phenomenon in Greece, quoting statistical elements from the research of the National Institute of Social Research (E.K.K.E.) in Athens and also from the research that took place in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, in order to investigate the situation among peers who have just finished school.
The details are displayed in a distinctive and a comprehensive way, so as to be understandable to every reader, whereas the distinction of the text into parts and its enrichment with diagramms and scetches, make it extremely apposite and legible.
In addition, proffessor P.K. Smith provides directives to the parents and teachers. Specifically, it displayed a list with practical advices for the communication of parents with their children who are involved in violent incidents, as well communication advices with school.
The approach of the phenomenon from the children themselves,is of great interest. The children give their own definitions for bullying. From their answers results that girls have more awareness of the phenomenon and they have a more strict stance against such incedents comparing to boys.
Finally, at this report the students express their opinion for the issue and they report any incidents and that is a creditable initiative for the university.
I Am Not Scared Project
Copyright 2017 - This project has been funded with support from the European Commission