Is bullying a problem in your country?

@mipen2006 (5528)
Australia
July 8, 2009 6:50pm CST
In Australia, bullying is becoming a problem issue with more and more school children being bullied avery year. From 1 in six early this decade, it has increased to 1 in 4 in a recent study, which makes it a serious and disturbing problem. Is bullying a problem where you live?
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@thea09 (18329)
• Greece
9 Jul 09
My friend in England telephoned recently to discuss the bullying her son was being subjected to in school and she was hoping to be able to move house and put him in a new school as the current school was not dealing with the problem. I was very relieved that this is not an issue at all in our local school, bullying is just not known there. The children are all brought up to have respect for their teachers and in return the teachers are strict but fair, and have a genuine love for their pupils. Any incidences of bad behaviour are immediately logged and the child concerned will be sent to the headmaster for a talking to, these incidents are just mild school ground scuffles though and not bullying. In the five years my son has been at primary school I have never heard of this problem once, I think it could be a cultural thing.
@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
9 Jul 09
Hello thea, it's nice to hear one school seems to have nipped any potential problems in the bud. I think once an incident goes unpunished, the bullies will then take the next step, which makes the problem progressively worse. Incidently, may I ask where you're from, thea?
@thea09 (18329)
• Greece
9 Jul 09
Hello, I live in Greece.
@checkmail (2042)
• India
18 Jul 09
Hello mipen2006 this is checkmail and really bullying is a major problem in our country.Nearly bullying happens on daily basis in each and every part of my country.Whether its school, colleges office, or social and public places.Its arises because of some peoples think of being too powerful or too great for themselves.Even some peoples like to hold power in their hands just like the kings to rule over them.Mostly it was first in rural areas but now its also going in cities.The problem is lack of education as well as lack of facilities available.
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@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
18 Jul 09
Hi checkmail, thank you for joining the discussion, and I agree with you, bullying is everywhere. I think the problem needs to be addressed in primary school, and nipped in the bud. If ot soes past there, then it just gets out of control.
• United States
9 Jul 09
In America, it is very common. In the bigger cities it isn't as bad a rural areas. Major cities have systems to prevent it. Rural towns they don't. My son got his head slammed in a locker, and told the vice principal. He didn't do a thing about it. Kids in rural towns are more violent in my area, too, because its a hunting county, and people become more violent when they kill a deer or a rabbit.
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@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
9 Jul 09
Hey demontay, I think in Australia the situation would be reverse to America, although I don't know of any figures that support that. Here rural towns are far more friendly than big cities, and also, not as ethnic. Please note, I'm not being racial in saying that, but it's a fact that some problems are taken overseas when people immigrate.
• United States
9 Jul 09
Nope i live in brooklyn and the way things go in brooklyn is you have to be really cool with the people you know cause when you know people you would most likly get more people to be on your side...it just fitting in but if you have a problem with people you can just get the friends you know to defend you cause no one want to fight a big crowd unless your a super human lol
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@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
9 Jul 09
I doleonlionheart. think Brooklyn might be a special case, don't you? I wouldn't like to be a newby there unless I had a lot of friends, or as you say was a super human, which I'm not! Thanks for the imput
• United States
9 Jul 09
well i live in america and bully i guess is a big problem here as well. i feel bad because i did a piece on bullying and can't really remember what the precentage for this country but i know it is high. alot of kids get bullied and don't tell anyone. i got bullied and then someone talked to the principal about the kids cause they weren't just messing with me. so right now i'm not getting bullied and i don't know anyone who is ether. so i think if everyone just told someone and tried to solve it the numbers will be lower.
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@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
9 Jul 09
Hey just being tiffany, what you say makes a lot of sense. Ithink most of those being bullied are afraid that the situation will become worse if they tell. I'm sure the numbers would be lower if the bullies were named. Thanks for your response.
• United States
8 Jul 09
Bullying is ubiquitous in America. It is difficult to find a school system that isn't rife with bullying. And, honestly, private schools do not help matters. My wife went to a private school for 11 years, and she felt ostracized the entire time, if not outright menaced.
@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
9 Jul 09
Hey fodschwazzly, I think the problem was aound even when I was at school in the forties and fifties, and maybe if it were addressed then, it wouldn'tbe such a major problem as it is today.