A special initiative against bullying on behalf of the organization Home and School kicked off yesterday. Around 5,000 children in Iceland are bullied every year, two children in every class in elementary school on average, according to research.
From Laugardalur in Reykjavík. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.
The initiative’s organizers say that it has never been as important to watch out for bullying because victims of bullying are likely to increase with the current economic situation. Inequality and poverty usually further bullying, Fréttabladid reports.
The consequences of bullying can follow victims their entire lives. They are more likely than others to suffer from mental problems; many don’t complete their studies and find it harder to establish themselves in the employment market than other people.
Suicide is more common among victims of bullying and in some cases they attack their peers as shootings in schools in other countries show. Victims of bullying are more likely than others to struggle with anti-social behavior, commit crimes and consume drugs.
Most parents who seek assistance from Home and School do so because their children are being bullied.