About SSA: The Problem
Adults commonly perceive that schools are safe. After all, violent crimes in schools have dropped in recent years, and statistically most schools are safer than cars and homes for young people.
However, research by Dr. Wendy Craig shows that adults miss as much as 95% of the subtle but pervasive peer mistreatment that occurs daily - exclusion, insults, rumors, harassment, bullying and intimidation, and worse.
Even with the increased focus on school safety and climate, and recent changes in many schools' policies:
And every day, how many thousands - or millions - MORE students come to school with knots in their guts, afraid they'll be teased, bullied, hurt or killed?
This pervasive fear undermines all attempts to improve student performance, because academic achievement requires a school climate of physical and emotional safety. To assess the extent of cruelty and violence at your school, consider administering a Climate Survey.
Learn more about the cost of cruelty.