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Statistics show that around 34% of children across the globe report being bullied at least once during the previous two months, which is worrisome considering its long-term negative effects.
Bullying is a global problem which takes place at schools, play areas, and sometimes, on school transport. It involves negative physical or verbal action that has negative intent, causes distress to victims, and is repeated over time; it also involves a difference in power between bullying and victims.
In this post we highlight the importance of nipping bullying in the bud, suggesting strategies parents may adopt. In line with the Montessori way of thinking, strategies focus on giving kids the socio-emotional tools they need to face this challenge.
The Effects of Bullying Extend into Adulthood
Physical effects, meanwhile, include increased levels of C-reactive protein (a marker of inflammation, linked to heart disease), a weakened immune system, and a higher prevalence of allergies. Victims can also have an impaired digestive system, and greater general pain (everything from muscle pain to headaches).
Empowering Children Against Bullying
List down options as to how they might behave if someone insults them on the bus, for instance. They might move to another seat, or ignore the person, but they should also let their teacher and parents know about the bullying behavior.
Mindfulness for Bullying
Tech Against Bullying
It is normal for parents to want to stomp out bullying for their children, and while their involvement is crucial, it is equally vital for kids to feel empowered to deal with even the most difficult situations at school. Role plays, stress relief, and the realisation that they have a choice of response, are key. Often, children can also benefit from therapy, to ensure they escape the most devastating long-term effects of bullying.
The Montessori Pedagogy Against Bullying
Working alongside children of mixed ages can also help, since older children can act as guardians that guide younger children into acceptable behavior if bullying is suspected. Older kids can also serve as powerful role models for youngsters, by communicating assertively and using positive conflict resolution skills.
The absence of exams is another way that the Montessori methodology can protect children from bullying. Research shows that exam results are a common reason for children to be bullied. Interestingly, it is a bit of a Catch-22 situation, since bullying causes children to suffer academically. By foregoing exams, Montessori schools emphasize the importance of individuality. Every single student has subjects they prefer and individual talents, and all are equally valuable. No subject is inherently more important than another. We never know the areas of interest our children may develop over time, which is why it is important for them to have a good educational base, but also the opportunities they need to shine in areas that ignite their passion.