Do School Uniforms Reduce Bullying?

Canada
October 24, 2011 9:47pm CST
If our school aged children are dressed in uniforms, is there less bullying? The use of school uniforms take away "fashion bullying", when children who cannot wear the latest trendy clothing to school no longer stand out in a uniform. Should school uniforms be brought back to the norm?
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@Fishmomma (11504)
• United States
25 Oct 11
I think it might reduce some of the bullying. Its sad to know what your wearing influences how your treated. People should treat everyone fairly.
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• United States
25 Oct 11
Well, although this is a pretty big factor, I wouldn't think that fashion would cause many problems as it used to back in the older days. We are in a decade where children have the urge to be noticed, or "known' to everyone. Some kids pick on or bully others simply because others are around or watching. Some do it for the highly known source: either they felt neglected, or didn't fit in to some group of people.I pray that all parents talk to their children, to see if anything is wrong or if something is going on at school.
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• United States
25 Oct 11
I do feel as though school uniforms would reduce the amount of bullying in the schools system. If everyone were to wear uniforms, it'd be harder for people to tell what financial class they come from...And let's be honest, a lot of the time people are bullied due to the fact they can't afford the same luxuries as other students. I didn't start wearing name brand clothes til about eighth grade, and I didn't get a hair straightener until then too...I had to use one that belonged to my mom about 20 years ago! I definitely got bullied for things like that. If I had of had a uniform on along with everyone else, nobody would have been able to judge my friends or I based on our clothes. The things my little cousins wear to school nowadays are insane...Skin tight leopard skirts that go up to their high thighs. I asked her why they didn't send her home for it and she said, "Because then they'd have to send the whole school home!" I heard a lot of schools are resorting to uniforms now though. Thank God! It wouldn't eliminate bullying, but like you said, it would definitely reduce it.
@megamatt (14330)
• United States
28 Oct 11
Not really when you truthfully think about it. The fact is that there are going to be other things that people get bullied for. Being too tall, being too short, being too fat, being too skinny, having buck teeth, having a certain type of accent, being too smart, being not smart enough, really anything. That is really something that a uniform is not going to really not going to eliminate some of the more petty justifications. Not to mention uniforms are not going to deal with any problems that might be having at home, that causes them to bully others. The latest trendy clothes is just one many reason. Wearing school uniforms is not going to eliminate bullying, just one reason, but there are countless others. All it is going to accomplish is turning children into robots that won't think for themselves. Bullying will always have a reason. Especially considering the trendy clothes is just an excuse, one of many and people who will bully will always find something to pick out as their targets.
@celticeagle (118286)
• Boise, Idaho
25 Oct 11
No, I do not think that school aged children wearing uniforms is going to help with bullying. A uniform won't hide glasses, or freckles or hair color. Bullies are always going to find something to bully another child over. What about the families that can't afford uniforms? That will put more of a strain on the school's finances and resident taxes. Where does it stop?
@Amfyre (515)
• Canada
25 Oct 11
I don't think school bullying would be reduced if uniforms were made manidtory. Some kids are just mean and pick on other kids to make themselves feel better. I think Education is the only way to reduce bulling and awareness of bullying.