The authors con- cluded that a major reason for feeling unsafe at school was bullying: being a victim, perpetrator, or both. Children who reported feeling unsafe at school had 2.5 times the odds of being a bully and 5 times the odds of being a victim of a bully as did other students.
Do students feel unsafe at school?
Most Students Feel Safe
The overwhelming majority (91 percent) of students agreed at least somewhat that they feel safe in school, with 71 percent saying they agree or strongly agree. And virtually all (97 percent) agreed at least somewhat that they feel safe traveling between home and school.
What should you do if you feel unsafe at school?
Always tell your parent or guardian about anything that happens at school that makes you feel unsafe. If you are being harassed or bullied by another student, report it to a teacher. If harassment or discrimination is coming from a teacher or other staff member, tell the principal.
What is the problem with school safety?
The safety of children and faculty in any school, both public and private, has always been a prevalent issue. The concern has grown exponentially over the last several years as incidents of bullying, and violence perpetrated from those both within and outside the school system, have greatly increased.
Are students who feel safe at school more likely to have higher grades?
One study found that student reading achievement suffers in schools with a high presence of gangs, fighting and general feelings of unsafety. Similarly, research shows that high grades “depend on a student’s feelings of safety”.
What makes a school safe?
A safe school is one where teaching and learning are not distracted; disruptions are minimized; violence, drugs, bullying and fear are not present; students are not discriminated against; expectations for behavior are clearly communicated; and consequences for infractions are consistently and fairly applied.
Such problems, including homelessness, teen parenting, substance abuse, child abuse, and youth suicide, complicate students’ efforts to learn. Other social problems, such as vandalism, school violence, and the dropout rate, are exacerbated when students feel alienated from the school structure.
Do students learn better when they feel safe?
Feeling safe at school translates into higher academic achievement, increased student well-being, and greater engagement. Children who don’t feel safe can’t concentrate on their studies, don’t connect with their classmates, or don’t go to school at all.
How significant is being safe or the feeling of safety to you as a student?
Perhaps most important, student perceptions of safety affect their academic achievement. When students feel safe, they are better able to focus on learning, which in turn leads to increased academic achievement.