How Bullying Affects Your Child’s Ability to Learn at School
How bullying affects learning is an interesting topic. And while this article will give you an answer, it’s probably not the one you were expecting. (As we bet you weren't aware that bullying can actually increase a child's academic performance at school!) So let’s take a look at what we already know about school bullying and how we can link the puzzle pieces correctly.
How bullying affects children at school is a worrying situation that you can find almost anywhere in the world. What makes it more serious than any adult bullying, is the fact that children can easily develop adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) when they're exposed to abuse or neglect.
If you haven’t heard of ACEs, that’s okay – not many people have. Robert Block, the former President of the American Academy of Paediatrics even said: “Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are the single greatest unaddressed public health threat facing our nation.”
In short, an ACE is classified as any traumatic childhood experience that has a lasting effect on your mental and physical wellbeing.
To really grasp this concept, try taking a step out of your own shoes here and into those of a six-year-old’s. At this time in your life, all you know and understand is that mom and dad look after you. You need to go to school and you probably really want friends so that you have people to play with. An ACE would be any trauma that affects the pillars of your life as you know it.
This can range from someone you thought was a friend pulling your hair in class, or picking on you. Or even seeing your parents fighting while they go through a bad divorce. The trick is not to assume what may or may not be traumatic for your child and to keep an open mind.