Family and school critical factors in preventing campus bullying: survey

Source:Global Times Published: 2019/11/19 19:33:40

An educational campaign on preventing campus bullying is held at a primary school in Yuexiu district of Guangzhou, South China's Guangdong Province. Photo: VCG

A recent survey shows that schools and families are playing critical roles in preventing school bullying, reported on Tuesday.

A recent school bullying incident in Yuzhou, Central China's Henan Province has sparked discussion on preventing school bullying after three boys stuffed dozens of paper scraps into a second-grade girl's eyes.

The China Education Panel Survey, a social survey rolled out by the National Survey Research Center at Renmin University of China, carried a tracking survey of 10,279 first-year middle school students from 112 schools across 20 provinces since 2013, and rolled out another survey of 36,389 fourth graders from 200 primary schools in 21 provinces after the students of the first survey completed their education in high school.

The survey ranked school bullying into light bullying, medium bullying and serious bullying based on different frequencies, forms and degrees of physical and psychological that a victim suffered.

The results show 42.7 percent students suffered light school bullying in primary and middle schools, 26.5 percent of them suffered medium bullying and 4.1 percent suffered serious bullying. It shows that students with notable personal features are likely to be bullied on campus. 

For example, 80.1 percent of bullied students are with lower grade. Additionally, personality, body type and appearance also matter in regards to school bullying.

School management is an efficient measure in controlling school bullying, according to the survey. The results also show the bullying occurrence rate in rural schools stays at 78.1 percent, higher than the 70.3 in urban schools, which tend to be managed more efficiently. And the occurrence rate in boarding schools is 79.3 percent, much higher than 70.9 percent in day schools.

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