Bullying In Primary Schools

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Abstract
In this paper, children attending a Primary School in St James, Trinidad were studied to investigate their thoughts on the act of bullying. The occurrence of bullying in primary schools, generally, is becoming more prominent. Questionnaires were shared out to children, between the ages of nine and eleven, of the primary school to collect data and to understand their thinking. It was concluded that the children think there should be severe consequences for engaging in the act of bullying and to resolve this issue, the Ministry of Education should place guards and counsellors in every school so that they may be able to curb and stop this activity and help the children who have been a victim of bullying.
Introduction
Bullying occurs
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All twenty one of the students said that bulling is wrong. The children think that others are bullies towards them because the bully does not like them; he/she is looking for attention or because of their past experiences, either being a victim of bullying themselves or from neglect from their families. When these children are being bullied, they feel hurt, scared and sad. All the students said that they told a parent, guardian or teacher when they were bullied and would tell if they saw someone else being bullied. These children would like the government to help families who have problems, get counselling for the bullies and the children who are the victims of bullying and to place patrol officers or guards in schools so that they may be able to curb this activity. All the children that participated in this research said that these bullies should be punished. For small one time acts, children say that bullies should be given detention, given warning letters, spoken to, given community service, be punished, have some of their favourite things taken away or given “licks”. For large continuous acts, bullies should be suspended or expelled, counselled or some children said that they should be treated the same way…show more content…
Bullying is the use of a person’s strength or power to frighten or hurt weaker people. These children said that bullying is wrong, bullying can hurt and bullies should be severely punished. Some of these children think with a sense of revenge. As a consequence, they think that if someone bullies them that person should also be bullied or “beaten up”. In the eyes of these children, bullying is “when someone is doing mean or hurtful things to another person”. When being bullied, most children thought that the bully did not like them. These children would like the government to put measures in place to deal with and stop the act of bullying. By placing counsellors and security guards these children think that the act of bullying will be curbed and it will extend help to children who are victims and perpetrators of the act. After doing this research, it was seen that the Government is in fact addressing the matter of bullying. However, it may seem that not enough is being done to ensure the protection and safety of these children and children throughout the

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