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TITLE OF DOCUMENT:

School Bullying: Phenomenon of victimization or coolness?

NAME OF AUTHOR(S):

Marina Konstantinidou

NAME OF PUBLISHER:

Marina Konstantinidou

LANGUAGE OF DOCUMENT:

Greek

LANGUAGE OF THE REVIEW:

English

KEYWORDS:

Ministry of Education, victim, victor, parents

DOCUMENT TYPOLOGY:

Web Article

TARGET GROUP OF PUBLICATION:

Parents.

SIZE OF THE PUBLICATION:

1 - 20 pages

DESCRIPTION OF CONTENTS:

Initially the phenomenon of school bullying is defined and the increasing appearance of it is stressed out. Research regarding school bullying in Greece a glorious level has not been achieved yet. There is no evidence supporting strictly scientific conclusions, several tendencies have been described so far though. Next part presents the results of a survey conducted by the Ministry of Education of Greece the school years 2004-05 and 2005-06. The participants totaled 4000 students, of 6th, 9th and 10th grade, plus 200 teachers. According to the results half students recognize the forms school bullying might take, while around 10% have been victims of the phenomenon in school rooms, which are not supervised. There also follows a description of the victim’s and victor’s characteristics.
The victim becomes then the center of the analysis. The victim feels fear and often becomes offensive proving true the saying “Violence generates violence”. Parents shall behave to the child on a manner, which will comfort it to confess the problem, when there is suspicion a problem exists and work on solving the problem using all official ways right after. Moreover, they shall keep in mind, that the social service of the municipality or other organizations employing specialists could be of much help. Practically they shall advice their child to be careful when dealing with strangers and speak out their opinions. Registering the child on group activities will increase its’ self-confidence. Trying to reach out for the parents of victors, the writer does strictly recommend dialogue over punishment of the victors. Parents should focus on explaining to their child what is wrong about victimizing others. They should essentially inform the school over any incident they are aware of, parallel to praising positive behaviors of the victors.
Concluding, the writer states that Greek school units are not yet well-prepared to face the phenomenon individually. The solution can only be brought through the formation of a national policy, provided that there will be good faith and cooperation from all parts involved in any way at the raising and education of children.

REVIEWER’S COMMENTS ON THE DOCUMENT:

A particularly useful article of the specialized Marina Konstantinidou, which presents the results of a significant and relatively recent research held by the Ministry of Education of Greece. That way she attempts to introduce the school bullying reality in Greece to Greek parents. That particular element adds value to the article under discussion, as the Ministry chosen is easily recognizable by parents, who are the target group of the publication. Moreover, the selected Ministry enjoys the positive estimation of parents. In addition, the article is short in length making it easy– for the usually busy parents- to follow it. On the other hand, the writer uses a compact language, including in it that way all parents should know so as to contribute against the phenomenon of school bullying. All afore mentioned lead to the conclusion that this article is valuable to parents and should be handed to them on first chance. Finally, it could be used as a guide to anyone aiming to contact parents over school bullying.

NAME OF THE REVIEWING ORGANISATION:

ASPETE

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