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TITLE OF DOCUMENT:

School bullying, victimization in the frame of school and family cooperation

NAME OF AUTHOR(S):

Apostolidou Xr. Marketaki A., Panagiotidou A.

NAME OF PUBLISHER:

Roptro, magazine of the Pedagogical Department of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

LANGUAGE OF DOCUMENT:

Greek

LANGUAGE OF THE REVIEW:

English

KEYWORDS:

School bullying, victimisation, school, family, violence

DOCUMENT TYPOLOGY:

Newspaper / Magazine article

TARGET GROUP OF PUBLICATION:

Students.

SIZE OF THE PUBLICATION:

1 - 20 pages

DESCRIPTION OF CONTENTS:

The current document is an article published in a university magazine. It analyses all the basic aspects of school bullying. It starts by mentioning that school bullying – victimization is a serious problem occurred in school and has various forms, specific dimensions and has important consequences in the psychological health and at the progress of both side students. It mentions also than in Greece, not enough researches have taken place regarding the school bullying phenomenon. It continues with terms definitions, such as bullying, victimization, in order to better understand the phenomenon and tries to record the frequency and the range of school bullying in Greek school of primary education. Furthermore, it attempts to locate the factors and the causes of school bullying, to present the consequences in the psycho-physical, learning and social development of students, to investigate the preventions that aim in bullying limitation (awareness, prevention, confrontation) in three levels (of students, of family, of school).
More specifically, the documents attempts to give terms definitions, mentioning at the same time the three basic and necessary criteria: a) the power imbalance between the bully and the victim, b) the intention of the actions and c) the frequency of the actions. Moreover, it presents the kinds of bullying and its extent, it refers to victims and bullies’ characteristics, to causes and its consequences. The bullying phenomenon could be allocated by using questionnaires addressed to students, as well as parents and teachers. Il also mentions prevention ways and ways of developing confrontation strategies. More specifically, it suggests that a wide cooperation between all the involved educational bodies could be the only solution to the school bullying problem. Last but not least, it presents some mechanisms of prevention, awareness, sensitization, as well as tips one should follow if bullying is noticed.

REVIEWER’S COMMENTS ON THE DOCUMENT:

This document was chosen for its short but to the point analysis of school bullying and victimization. It is featured in a magazine published by the University of Thessaloniki and it is addressed primarily to the students of pedagogy. One of it’s strongest points is that it distinguishes school bullying from quarrels between students of (almost) the same level of “power”.
What distinguishes bullying from a simple quarrel are three main points/ criteria.
a. Imbalance (power wise) between the victim and the bully.
b. The fact that it is premeditated
c. The frequency of the offensive actions
These clear points are often omitted from surveys of this kind.

This document covers almost all aspects of the phenomenon. It starts with the definition of school bullying and victimization. Then the kinds are being named, as well as the spread of the phenomenon and the characteristics of the victims and the bullies.
It is also mentioned that through the use of questionnaires for students, parents and teachers alike , the phenomenon can be traced. Some ways of intervention and anti bullying strategies are also mentioned.
More specifically it is pointed out that the only way to deal with the problem is the collaboration between all the major factors in education.
Some ways of prevention , sensitization as well as practices that are to be followed when the phenomenon appears in a school, are mentioned.
The diagrams and statistical facts that are used are also very important.

NAME OF THE REVIEWING ORGANISATION:

ASPETE

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