Bullying still a problem | Kids Count

A 2014 study on bullying revealed that in spite of a variety of anti-bullying programs at schools and in the community, the instances of bullying and its effects are largely unchanged. The managing researcher of the study, Jeana Juvomen PHD, stated that “Band-Aid solutions such as having school assemblies regarding bullying are simply not effective.”

Most of the American public relies on schools almost entirely to remediate the difficulties associated with bullying. Some researchers have suggested that this is an essential flaw in the national consciousness because schools are a part of the community but alone, they may not be successful and reducing any of the challenges that young people encounter. Most schools are under tremendous pressure to reduce costs and to provide a quality education to every student.

At the same time schools are expected to implement effective and comprehensive anti-bullying programs. These school-wide programs are more effective; however, they are expensive and require heavy staff participation. These elements are at odds with the desire of the general public to keep costs down around educational expenses The study, recently published in the journal, Annual Review of Psychology revealed several misunderstandings while confirming a number of currently held thoughts about bullying.

For example, it was previously believed that only girls used verbal aggression and isolation strategies to bully. The new research indicated that boys use both bullying tactics just as often as girls. Starting in grade school students who were different in some way were bullied much more often. In addition, children who have no friends or a support group are much more likely to be bullied than their peers with friends or a support group. In fact, students with just one friend are less likely to be bullied. Students with friends are more resilient when they are bullied and the effects of bullying are less.

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