Why What Matters Ant-Bullying Campaign?

The Charles Clark What Matters Foundation is partnering and adopting the methods of Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, possibly the best known bullying prevention program available today in North America. The What Matters Anti-Bullying Campaign goals are undoubtedly aligned with OBPP goals which make it a perfect relationship towards the ignition of future World-Changers. This 2014 summer, our President, Charles Clark will be working closely with OBPP Director of Development, Marlene Snyder. He will receive a hands-on experience with the best researched solutions and proper education on how to conduct Anti-Bullying events. By partnering with OBPP, What Matters enhances the credibility as a trusted foundation. What Matters also fulfill the mission needs of Virginia Foundation for Education Leadership, a foundation of Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals. These mission points are as follow.

 – Advance education in the field of educational administration and student leadership development;

– develop and improve educational leadership in service education by conducting education conferences, conventions, seminars, and workshops for administrators, students, and student activity sponsors;

– engage in research in the field of educational administration and student leadership development and disseminate the results of such research to the public by means of journals and other appropriate publications.

 

Why is the What Matters Anti-Bullying Campaign needed in schools? 

According to Bullying Statistics 2014

20 percent of U.S. students in grades 9-12 reportedly have experienced bullying, while 28 percent of students in grades 6-12 report the same. Experts agree that most incidences of bullying occur during middle school.
160,000 teens reportedly skip school every day because of bullying, and 1 in 10 teens drops out of school due to repeated bullying. 83 percent of girls, and 79 percent of boys report being bullied either in school or online.
2030 percent of students who are bullied tell adults or authorities about their situations. Without accurate reporting, it’s difficult to change the patterns of bullying and abuse that persist in the U.S.

75 percent of school shootings have been linked to harassment and bullying against the shooter.

Of special needs students who report bullying, the majority of those who are victimized are students diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, and students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Children and teens who are considered “different” from their peers are the most frequent targets of bullies. Special needs students; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) students; students who are overweight; and students who are perceived as “weak” are the most likely targets of bullying by others.

According to Bully Statistics 2013

Over 43.3 percent of children have rumors and lies spread about them verbally or online.

About 36.3 percent of children experience pushing and shoving in lines or class.

 32.4% report hitting, shoving, and kicking by peers, and 29.2% have been left out or ignored by classmates.