Bullying can be extremely serious. Bullying can affect the mental well being, academic work, physical health and permanent social damage of children who are targeted. Children who are bullied are more likely than other children to have lower self-esteem; and higher rates of depression, loneliness, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. They also are more likely to want to avoid attending school and have higher school absenteeism rates.
Recent statistics show that:
It’s estimated that nearly 30% – or 5.7 million children – are involved in bullying, as victims, perpetrators, or both.
14% of those who were bullied said they experienced severe (bad) reactions to the abuse.
Each day 160,000 students miss school for fear of being bullied.
43% fear harassment in the bathroom at school.
Every 7 minutes a child is bullied. Adult intervention – 4%. Peer intervention – 11%. No intervention – 85%.
Bullying can continue to be a behavioral problem for as long as the bully feels that other children are afraid of them.
Since bullying is often the number one non-academic issue that most educators face, this is one of the main issues we address regularly. Scared kids will never reach their full potential as learners in school or as citizens of our communities.
We can help prevent this!
We train our children to carry themselves with honor and confidence. We teach them the tools necessary to resolve a confrontation with words and if that confrontation becomes physical, they are able to control the situation and defend themselves without hurting their attacker. This is one of the main differences in between Aikido and most forms of martial arts out there, the ability to beat someone without the use of a single strike.