75% of students agree adults don’t Intervene enough

Posted: February 15, 2012 in A Broader look at Bullying, Become a Bully Buster, Evaluating Bully Statistics

Adult intervention in bullying situations is a must on or off the playground, in and out of the classroom.  But it seems however much intervention there is, the youth who is dealing with bullies, don’t see intervention on the same level.  According to the National Dropout Prevention Center at Clemson University, 70% of teachers believe that adults intervene in bully situations  almost all the time, while only 25% of students agreed.  This statistic is worth a closer look.

First question I have is why are 100% of adults not intervening if they see some bullying going on?  I would imagine that some parents either don’t know how to handle certain situations, or they shrug it off to “part of growing up.”  as I see it, there is a simple fix for adults, they should take the time to learn how to be a bully buster themselves!  Parents need to remember that “Common Sense is the First Defense,” but if they are untrained or have not been exposed to how to intervene, they are at a disadvantage.    Education and training will help to give them the tools (just like their kids), on researched ways to combat bullies.

Secondly, the fact that only 25% of students agreed is quite a gap between teacher’s perceptions and those of the students.  I have addressed this gap before, and think that there are many factors in this divide.  I want to take another guess at a new underlying reason.  Could this divide be a cry out for more intervention from students in general?  If asked if they believe that adults intervene almost all the time, they may be less likely to agree, in hopes that it will highlight the problem at hand.  I do not think that this would be done with ill intent, but more so with an unconscious awareness of the reality of bullying at their school.  I think that students see much more “bullying” than teachers do, simply due to the fact that bullies are more likely to bully when there are no adults or supervision.  How can the teachers be expected to be everywhere all the time, it is impossible?  So what does this statistic tell us?  It tells us that we cannot interpret statistics or research without really looking into them.  The one thing that is certain, is the opportunity to shorten the gap between how teachers and students view efforts of adults and their crucial part in helping to prevent and stop bullying.

Ryan Foland

Bully Buster OC


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