UNICEF released a report on September 11 that about half of the world’s 13-15 year-old students, about 150 million students, have experienced physical abuse or bullying by their peers at school.

About half of the 13-15 year old students in the world, about 150 million students, have experienced physical abuse or bullying by their peers in school.

Corporal punishment trivia: younger students are more likely to be corporal punishment by teachers
Corporal punishment trivia: younger students are more likely to be corporal punishment by teachers

The report also pointed out that students experience other forms of violence in schools, such as being attacked in classrooms or being physically punished by teachers.

According to the report, around the world, about 720 million school-age children live in countries without a minor protection system, and these school-age children will be adversely affected by school corporal punishment.

Claudia Capa, senior UNICEF statistics consultant, said that bullying exists in schools and schools are not absolutely safe. Many children have been attacked at schools.

Claudia said that 48% of children in the United States experience peer violence, including bullying, in or around school.

According to a 2011 report by the National Center for Education Statistics, between 2010 and 2011, 27.8% of American students aged 12 to 18 reported that they were bullied at school.

Globally, one-third of students between the ages of 13 and 15 say they have experienced bullying, and about one-third have participated in physical fights. In 39 industrialized countries, 17 million teenagers admitted to bullying at school.

The UNICEF report pointed out that sexual violence can also occur in schools and between peers. For example, according to Kenyan reports, approximately one-fifth of women and men in Kenya reported that they had experienced sexual violence before the age of 18. The first experience of sexual violence often occurred in school.
According to the report, a survey conducted in Mexico in 2013 showed that 7% of boys and 5% of high school girls said they had suffered sexual insults from their classmates in 2012.

According to the report, in the most extreme form, violence in and around schools (such as in war-torn areas) can have a significant impact on school-age children’s violence. The report points out that there are approximately 158 million children and Teenagers between the ages of 6 and 17 live in areas affected by war and conflict.

According to reports, attacks on schools are a frequent occurrence in armed conflicts. Such violence is one of six serious violations condemned by the UN Security Council.

According to the report, the United Nations verified the attacks on 396 schools in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2017. Among them, there were 26 school attacks in South Sudan. In addition, there were 67 attacks on schools in Syria and 20 attacks on schools in Yemen.

There is evidence that younger students are more likely to be physically punished by teachers.

For example, in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, 78% of 8-year-old students and 34% of 15-year-old students have been punished by school teachers.

“Witnessing the teacher’s corporal punishment sends the wrong message to the children that violence is acceptable in school, causing them to regard violence as reasonable,” Claudia said.

The report calls on governments around the world to formulate and implement laws prohibiting corporal punishment, establish an effective response system to violence, provide resources for school staff, and help schools solve the problem of violence.

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