COMBUS – COMBAT BULLYING: A Whole School Program
ComBus aims at empowering students, parents and teachers on how to combat bullying in school.
Project Number: JUST/2014/RDAP/AG/BULL/7698
Funded by: REC Duration: 01/10/2015 – 30/11/2017
Bullying appears to be a major challenge for Europe. Recent studies suggest that bullying in adolescence and childhood can have worse long-term effects on young adult‘s mental health than being subject to maltreatment during childhood. According to UNESCO, 25% of students in Europe have experienced bullying, while cyber-bullying has been increased from 7 to 12% in students aged 11-16. Specifically, in Greece, 33% of students have experienced some form of bullying and 20% cyber-bullying.
The effects of school bullying on children’s stress levels, depressive tendencies, and self-concept is not only a barrier to their learning and development but also for wider society. Early, effective, and school-based intervention is necessary to deal with bullying and its collateral effects (Tremblay & Craig 1995).
ComBus aims at empowering students, parents and teachers on how to combat bullying in school by providing promptly and free of charge guidance through the development of a mobile application.