Violence in our times has taken on large dimensions and afflicts to all social groups, especially children and teenagers. International surveys have shown that about 15% of students have experienced intimidation and violence behaviors, which are more common between the ages of 8-15. Surveys in Greece have shown that the phenomenon of violence and intimidation is one in ten children, resulting in serious effects on their psychosocial development and learning processes that expressed in several ways: anxiety, psychosomatic symptoms, depression, and suicidal ideation, with or without learning difficulties. Many of the children may later create at their young age disrupted interpersonal relationships, with or without delinquency, etc.
Bullying has been defined by Tim Field (1952-2006) as “… a pathological need to demonstrate aggression which is achieved through a demonstration of deficiency (social, personal, interpersonal, behavioral, professional), which is showed to others through control and submission (criticism, blockade, isolation etc.) Intimidation is maintained due to disclaimers (denial, inter-categories, victimization) and perpetuated by a climate of fear, ignorance, indifference, silence, denial, mistrust, deception, escape, allowance, and reward of the intimidator.
Management System Certification against school bullying
ISC Control, a leading Canadian Certification Body with presence in 30 countries around the world, proceeds to the inspection and certification of Anti-Bullying management systems according to the unique UNI / PdR 42: 2018 standard developed by Italian special scientists in the field of psychology, mental health, education, standardization, and accreditation.
What is this?
According to the standard, each educational organization should define the actions it plans to implement to improve prevention and combat bullying. This project will be implemented by the first weeks of the school year and should include, among other things, measurable goals, such us number and result of complaints/legal cases promoted by the students’ families against the school and its employees for intimidation cases, number of positive responses to intimidation questionnaires, participation in voluntary actions against school bullying.
In addition, it’s necessary to have a regulation against school bullying that will present the prohibited behavior and the consequences thereof, and constantly collecting reports on relevant incidents. It is essential to have an annual plan for education and information about school bullying and to have periodic planned and unplanned inspections to identify possible critical situations and to monitor the course of implementation of the school’s actions.