Perceptions on Bullying of Pupils from Multigrade Elementary Schools in Mabini District: Basis for Drafting a Localized Policy
Keywords:bullying, multigrade schools, policy guide, questionnaire
This study assessed the perceptions on bullying of Grade 5 and 6 pupils in a multigrade elementary school in Mabini District. It used the descriptive research design since it tried to explain the perceptions of the respondents on the bullying. The respondents used in this research were selected learners from the multigrade elementary schools of Mabini District. There were a total of 60 students used as respondents of the study. They were also asked or interviewed to qualify their responses to the questions in the questionnaire. The data were then collected, tallied, and statistically treated. Based on the findings of the study, the following recommendations are given: The teachers to incorporate program which teaches skills and strategies to avoid victimization. The students need to learn to differentiate bullying from the usual playful teasing or petty quarrels by knowing the definition of bullying and its different forms. Another topic to address is on how to refuse bullying. Appropriate ways to handle bullies must be discussed and demonstrated through role plays in class. And last topic is on reporting bullying incidents. Bullying incidents must be reported to the teachers at once. The proposed anti-bullying policy guide be adopted by the district and implemented in the schools.
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