n Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe - Bullebakkery - almal se probleem

Volume 46, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0041-4751


No child should be afraid to go to school for fear of the conscious, repeated, suppressive and humiliating actions of fellow learners. Notwithstanding the fact that bullying has a variety of negative short and long-term consequences for both bullies and their victims, there is a misperception that bullying is a part of the process of growing up. The purpose of this article is to provide a report on an investigation into aspects of bullying in Free State schools, against the background of the above-mentioned problem statement. From the investigation, it seems that there are few Free State learners who have never been exposed either as victims and / or as witnesses to direct and / or indirect verbal bullying. Furthermore, it seems that the victims of bullies prefer to take fellow learners rather than adults into their confidence if they are being victimized. Victims are also more likely to be assisted by fellow learners than by adults. Learners, who are willing to help fellow learners, prefer to help in cases of verbal rather than physical bullying. This article concludes that educators, parents and learners should accept equal responsibility for the battle against bullying.

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