Bullying is the perennial nightmare in schools that never seems to totally disappear. But supporting both the victim and the bully to be more assertive, and developing school -wide systems, can challenge a deeply damaging characteristic of school life., argues Helen Spiers
This report by the London Grid for Learning looks at the online behaviour of 7-16 year olds and flags growth in sexting, child exploitation, mental health, violent and sexual conduct. The charity has called for technology companies to embrace calls for change and put the safety of children first in all developments in the light of findings.
Real life skills and entrepreneurialism should be a taught as a right to non academic children who are not bound for university, argues Ollie Forsyth.
This Child File looks at Bullying.
Child File 1: Case Study: An alternative view
Child File 2: Building resilience in children and young people
Children need the tools and the confidence to stop being victims. Claude Knights of Kidscape, explains how to go about it.
Empathy is inherent in all of us, but for children who experienced a violent or poverty-stricken upbringing, their ability to feel compassion and empathise with others can be seriously stunted. Louise Kinnaird explores the role of schools and practitioners in giving such children the opportunity to care.
To combat bullying we really need to understand what it is and the role school culture has in sustaining or diminishing it, writes Professor Sonia Blandford.
Saying no to bullying is common across schools and other educational settings in England. But could they do it better?