The percentage of parents concerned over bullying in UAE schools has not seen the improvements seen elsewhere in the WhichSchoolAdvisor.com School survey - although there has been movement, both positive and negative.
2018 has seen a very slight rise in the number of parents expressing high levels of concern versus 2017, but also a significantly higher percentage increase for those parents stating they have no concern regarding bullying whatsoever.
The number of parents with no concerns also continues to significantly outweigh those that they are very or extremely concerned. However, even one isolated case of bullying is one too many.
In total, 46 percent of parents now say that that are "Not at all concerned" regarding bullying at school, 20% say they are "slightly" concerned, 9% are moderately concerned, 13% are "very concerned" and 12% of parents say they are "extremely concerned".
What the WhichSchoolAdvisor.com does not do, yet, is draw out the distinction between online bullying and its more traditional forms. We know from the KHDA's wellness survey that, so far, the pressures of social media have yet to cause significant issues for children, at least in Dubai. However, social media peer pressure is clearly a potential concern and a global if not yet local issue, and we will add the question to our survey for 2019.
What is important to note, however is not all schools are equal, and there is a significant difference between the different curricula.
Parents of children going to Indian schools seem to be particularly concerned. It is important to note however that parents being concerned and there actually being significant levels of actual bullying are two separate things, but it would be odd if there was no link at all. Parents with children at US curriculum based schools also seem considerably more worried than their UK and IB based peers.
One reason we think may be behind this is larger school sizes, particularly for Indian, but also US curriculum based schools. Smaller schools tend to see less bullying because it is simply too visible.
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