Youth Committee: What do young people want adults to know about peer violence?

Youth Committee: What do young people want adults to know about peer violence?

Youth Committee decided to dedicate this years'  Children's Week (October 1-7, 2018) and the International Day of Nonviolence (October 2nd), to children and young people who are facing peer violence. Encouraged by experiences from their surroundings, they felt the need to explain the experience, feelings and needs of children and young people who experienced peer violence to the adults so they could give children the support they need. This is what they pointed out as most important.

Effects of bullying: what can parent do

Exposure to violence may have many consequences, like: loneliness, depression, sadness, intimidation, uncertainty, low self-confidence, even sickness, present throughout life. Findings show that victims of bullying at school are more depressed at the age of twenty than those who were not victimised by bullying.

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Why do children start behaving violently?

There is no simple answer to this question. However, there are some characteristics of the family and the child which affect the development of violent behaviour, as well as some characteristics of schools which may encourage or prevent violence.

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Recognising a bully

Bullies need to feel control and power over others and sometimes lack empathy for their victims. They are defiant, confronting adults, antisocial, and tend to break school rules.

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How to help the victim of peer bullying

We talk about peer bullying when one or more children deliberately and repeatedly disturb, attack, hurt or exclude from play and activity a child who cannot defend. Such abuse may have the form of threats, physical injuries, exclusion, mockery, teasing, gossiping, taking property, destroying property and is often followed by unpleasant comments about the child's family or relatives

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Children who become victims of bullying

Bullies spot victims who are vulnerable or stick out (because of the colour of their skin, the way they walk, their name, size, religion, spectacles, family, clothes...). Victims are often quiet, silent, passive, anxious, insecure and cautions children with low self-esteem. They have few friends who sometimes even stand up in their defence. They are often connected with their parents who can often (but not always) be described as over-protective.

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