This is the first time Friends has investigated the situation for the youngest children in school – preschool to third grade. The results are published in the 2016 Friends Report.
The results show that four out of ten students feel unsafe somewhere at school and one out of four students are afraid to be left alone at recess.
13 245 students from preschool to third grade have answered questions about safety and security, wellbeing and degrading treatment in their school environment. All in all, there are approximately 461 400 students in preschool to third grade in Sweden
– Many of the young people I have met through my work tell me that their exposure started already in preschool and has continued ever since. My conclusion is that we need to give the youngest ones a safe school and then the risk of being exposed later in life will diminish, says Friends’ Secretary General Lars Arrhenius.
– This emphasizes what Friends has argued for years, namely that the preventive work needs to start early. We have everything to gain by working preventively, both on human and socioeconomic levels. Our report “The Price of Bullying” shows that bullying occurring in Swedish schools during one year will cost society 17.5 billion SEK (approximately 1.9 billion EUR or 2 billion USD) in the next 30 years.
Friends has, just like previous years, also asked questions to students in grade 3-6 and 6-9, as well as staff. Other noteworthy results from this year’s questionnaires include:
- 7.5 % of the students in grade 3-9 have been subjected to bullying in the past year.
- One in five students in grade 3-9 have been subjected to degrading treatment by another student in the past year.
- 19% of the students in grade 3-6 subjected to degrading treatment say it was related to the country they are from.
- 11% of the students in grade 6-9 subjected to degrading treatment say it was related to their ethnicity.
- Both bullying and acts of degrading treatment are more common among students in grades 4-6 than in grades 7-9.
The report is based on data from Friends’ analysis service, where 34,319 children and adolescents have answered questions about safety and security, bullying and degrading treatment. The respondents comprise 13,245 students in preschool to third grade, 11,000 students in grades 3–6 and 10,074 students in grades 6–9. The staff survey had 3,567 respondents. Of these, 2,938 were teachers and 118 were school administrators. The participating schools have not been chosen by Friends, but all have chosen to have Friends assist them in identifying and analyzing the situation in their respective school.