This article explains the action children bullied at school can take to resolve the problem; or prevent falling into the bullying trap themselves. One way is to encourage them to participate in activities that develop life skills.
Pil Sung Do is a martial art that teaches self-defence in a controlled and structured environ-ment to show children how to live a healthy and happy life, whilst respecting those around them.
Bullying in schools has been a problem for many years but, despite strenuous efforts by the Government and local authorities to stop it, it is still an area for concern.
An Ofsted Telus 3 survey carried out in 2008 found that 44% of young people say that they’ve been bullied at school. Bullies often pick on those that appear to be weak and vulnerable and this is usually because the bully knows that they will be able to aggravate this person’s life without fear of retaliation.
Bullying takes on many forms – including cyber bullying, homophobic bullying, bullying children with special educational needs (SEN) and racial, religious and cultural bullying – all of which can land a nasty blow on a child’s quality of life and ifit’s not stopped it can lead to serious mental-health issues.
Acts of bullying amongst younger children commonly focus on a physical aspect of the victim that society views as “irregular” when compared to the majority of people. These might include unfavourable comments about a particularly large facial feature or a brand of shoe that isn’t one of the popular high-street ones, for example.
Other acts of bullying can be far more serious and include taunting victims with malicious and derogatory comments, personal threats, criminal damage and even assault.
Some critics might dismiss lightweight acts of bullying such as name-calling between children as minor childish playground exchanges. One argument is that these exchanges offer an opportunity for children to experience receiving unfavourable comments and to learn how to deal with them, which helps to strengthen a child’s character for later life.
However, whilst building a child’s character is an important part of childhood, no one should be subjected to bullying. It is universally agreed that bullying is unacceptable at any level and at any stage of life – whether the act is considered lightweight or not.