By: Sara Al Adl
Do you have a wrestler in your class?
Many teachers all over the world suffer from disruptive behaviour of many students especially violent ones. In this article, we will try to go deep inside the problem and find meaningful solutions.
What is the difference between violence and bullying?
Violence/violent behaviour is defined as aggressive behaviour where the actor or perpetrator uses his or her own body as an object (including a weapon) to inflict (relatively serious) injury or discomfort upon an individual. With such a definition there is an overlap between violence and bullying, where bullying is carried out by physical aggression. However, violence has been defined in a broader sense to include behaviour by people or against people liable to cause physical or psychological harm.
A simple definition of bullying is: the act of intimidating a weaker person to make them do something.
The act of abusing students verbally or physically. This is shown nowadays in strange incidents which are clear in the newspapers. A deep look at these news pushes us to ask " Why? " some analyzers state that the main reason of teacher's violence is the bad financial status which leads to bad temper and of course violence.
It is called 'Domestic violence" (also known as domestic abuse, spousal abuse, or intimate partner violence) occurs when a family member, partner or ex-partner attempts to physically or psychologically dominate another. Domestic violence often refers to violence between spouses, or spousal abuse but can also include cohabitants and non-married intimate partners. Domestic violence occurs in all cultures; people of all races, ethnicities, religions, sexes and classes can be perpetrators of domestic violence. Domestic violence is perpetrated by both men and women.
Types of bullying :
Name calling was the most prevalent form of bullying identified in many studies, but a report on effective action against bullying in secondary schools reminds us that verbal bullying can often carry a strong hint of violence. The use of modern technology means that this kind of verbal bullying can extend beyond the school day and invade life at home.
There was a slight increase in physical bullying with age in boys in the Coram study (2003).
In an extensive study of over 7000 children, Smith (2000) reported that there is a shift from age eight to sixteen from physical bullying to relational bullying, but that boys experience more physical bullying than girls. Theft can be included in this category as it often involved threats or actual violence.
Behaviour leading to social isolation was reported to be common throughout the age groups, but especially for younger children. This included spreading gossip and ignoring and can be especially difficult to identify.
Here is an Indian teacher 's experience which is so beneficial :
One of the key actions that have helped me in my years of teaching in tackling bullying has been love and non-violence. With love, one can achieve anything in the world. Violence only boomerangs and does not help in India, we find that the problem has not yet been tackled practically and many schools and parents are left to their own devices to tackling the problem.
Anti-bullying strategies, which the Schools can enforce are:
Support groups to be created to instil courage and confidence in a victim
Talk about the negative consequences of bullying in a moral science class without exposing the bully
Role-play and then talking about how the characters felt and the students watching the role-play felt.
School should give opportunities to pupils to talk about bullying in general
Periodical (once a week) supervision of key areas by the school team can prevent bullying and it’s recurrence.
Keeping records of all bullying incidents that have been reported. This will help the school in the following way:
-Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of their strategies
-Create a program to help their staff tackle future problems of bullying
Attention should be given by school authorities to key areas or locations around the school at key times when bullying may be more prevalent.
Tips for teachers & parents :
Parents should be aware of the dangers of media. They should pay attention to each program their children are watching.