They lack neither attention nor the latest mobile phone – children and adolescents in Germany most often suffer from a lack of security at school.
The most important topics for children and adolescents in Germany are trust , belonging , security and self-determination . Most parents get along well with these topics and the adolescents give them a good testimonial. So far so good.
This is a pleasing result of the representative study Children’s Worlds + on behalf of the Bertelsmann Foundation, for which around 3500 students aged 8 to 14 years were interviewed on various topics.
Most children and adolescents do not feel safe at their school
However, it is alarming to realize that many children experience physical and psychological violence at their school. Many complained of being teased, hacked or marginalized at their school.
The experience differs depending on the type of school: In secondary and secondary schools, 39 percent of the respondents said that they had experienced at least two of the abovementioned forms of attack (teasing, slapping, exclusion), around 35 percent in primary and secondary schools and 29 percent in grammar schools , Jörg Dräger, CEO of the Bertelsmann Foundation, comments:
60 percent and therefore more than half of all children and adolescents experience exclusion, teasing or even physical violence at school, a total of one quarter feels unsure about their school. Politicians are called upon to better protect children and adolescents.
Children with material worries often experience violence at school
The study also showed that financially disadvantaged children are bullied and carved more frequently than peers without financial worries. They often feel insecure at home, school and neighborhood.
In addition, they have fewer things that are a normal childhood in Germany and have fewer opportunities to do things with their friends who cost money. Dräger therefore demands: “We must more consistently avoid child poverty, which will improve the material situation of those affected, make them less worried and less likely to be victims of physical and psychological violence.”