Point Of Agreement In Bullying
However, for harassment to occur, the behaviour must be repeated and inappropriate and pose a risk to health and safety. It could be suggested that children involved in moral harassment problems are less mentally good than most students at first, and that they are mentally uncomfortable as adults, whether they have been involved in school harassment or not. However, some results indicate that children`s mental health is negatively affected by their participation in moral harassment. A study reported by Rigby (1999), which involved 78 high school students in South Australia, showed that the level of self-reported victimization in Grade 8 significantly predicted a deterioration in mental and physical health in the period before the age of 11. Bond, Carlin, Thomas, Rubin and Patton (2001) then reported similar results for Victorian schoolchildren using a larger sample (N-2,680). They indicated that during the 8th year, the victim predicted a high level of anxiety and depression in 9 years. A recent study in South Australia, based on retroactive reports on moral harassment, also suggests that those who are bullied at school are at risk of serious long-term mental health problems (Allison, Roeger, Reinfeld-Kirkman, 2009). In a study conducted in Finland, a sample of 2,713 8-year-olds was repeatedly harassed and/or harassed on the basis of reports from teachers, parents and children themselves (Ronning et al., 2009). Their mental health status was assessed about 10 to 15 years later, when they were psychiatrically examined when they were enrolled in the mandatory national service. Boys identified as involved in school harassment were dismissed about three times as often as mentally unfit, often with a high degree of anxiety, depression and personality disorders. Another longitudinal study of schoolchildren (N -6,437) in England yielded similar results (Schreier et al., 2009). These researchers concluded that peer victimization in childhood, especially when it is chronic or severe, is associated with psychotic symptoms in early adolescence.
The following video provides a general overview of the Fair Work Commission`s anti-harassment jurisdiction, including the most important definitions of how the Commission can handle an application and what an order to end moral harassment is. Unlike children and teachers, parents are rarely present in schools to observe how their children are treated by their peers. They must therefore rely heavily on what they are told about teachers and their own children. What is remarkable is that teachers often do not know that a child is being harassed, as only about one-third of students who are harassed tell teachers that they are victims (Rigby, 2002). In addition, many students do not inform their parents when they are harassed.