Friends Report 2016
For the first time with
results from K-3 grade
You can support or work against bullying.
Bullying effects 60,000 children and young people in Sweden every year.
15,000 children and adolescents in grades 3-9 answered questions about bullying in school.
The forum takes place in Stockholm and gathers researchers and practitioners from all over the world to discuss the topics bullying and discrimination. Besides inspiring lectures from leading experts in the field, the visitors can also participate in workshops. WABF 2017 wants to give school staff and researchers new perspectives and new knowledge on the issue of bullying, and at the same time the possibility to network. Behind the initiative are Friends International Center Against Bullying, IBPA, Linköping University and Örebro University.
All of you who work in schools or conduct research on the subject are very welcome with your registration to World Anti-Bullying Forum 2017. A three-day pass cost 2,500 SEK (including VAT) and you buy your ticket at WABF2017.com.
Dorothy L. Espelage, Ph.D., is Professor in Psychology at University of Florida. She has received APA Lifetime Achievement Award in Prevention Science and 2016 APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy.
Dr. Donna Cross is Winthrop Professor at Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at University of Western Australia and Australian Telethon Kids Institute. Right now she leads nine 3 to 5-year research projects, all of which process methods to increase students’ mental health.
Dr. Sameer Hinduja, Professor at School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University and Co-Director at Cyberbullying Research Center. Internationally acknowledged for his groundbreaking research on cyberbullying and safe social networking.
The results show that four of ten students feel unsafe somewhere at school. Also, one in four students are afraid to be alone at recess.
13,245 students from preschool to grade 3 have answered questions about safety and security, wellbeing and degrading treatment in their everyday at school.
— Several of the young people I have met through work tell me that their prolonged exposure started already in preschool. My conclusion is that we need to give the youngest ones a safe school, then the risk of being exposed later in life will diminish, says Friends’ Secretary General Lars Arrhenius.
– This emphasizes that the preventive work needs to start early, which is one of Friends’ demands. With preventive work we have everything to gain, both on human and socioeconomic levels. Our report “the cost of bullying” shows that bullying occurring in Swedish schools during one year costs society 17.5 billion SEK during the next 30 years.
Friends has, like earlier years, also asked questions to students in grade 3-6 and 6-9, and staff. Other interesting results from this year’s questionnaires:
– Teachers, preschool teachers and other staff have to get a reasonable chance to meet the Swedish Education Act’s demand on their efforts to create a safe school environment. The responsibility rests heavily on the school authorities, says Lars Arrhenius.
The report is based on data from Friends’ analysis service, where 34,319 children and adolescents have answered questions about safety and security, bullying and degrading treatment. The respondents comprise 13,245 students in preschool to grade 3, 11,000 students in grades 3–6 and 10,074 students in grades 6–9. The staff survey had 3,567 responses. Of these, 2,938 were teachers and 118 were school administrators. The participating schools have not been chosen by Friends, but all have chosen to have Friends assist them in identifying and analyzing the situation in their respective school.