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Although terrible mass shootings in schools are still a concern in America, a recent survey found that students all across the world also worry about their safety. According to a study from Finland’s University of Turku, one in three teenagers reports feeling dangerous at their own school.

In total, 31.4% of the 21,000+ teenagers between the ages of 13 and 15 who participated in their study reported feeling uncomfortable at school. Interestingly, the children were not American citizens; instead, between 2011 and 2017, researchers conducted surveys of teenagers in 13 different countries across Europe and Asia.

Two out of three kids in Japan reported that they felt dangerous at school, with 69.8% of females and 68.2% of males expressing this concern. On the other end of the scale, only 11.5% of Finnish girls and 7.7% of Norwegian boys report having school-related anxiety.

Teachers can boost students’ confidence within the school. 

According to researchers, one of the most important factors in fostering a sense of safety in a school setting is the interaction between students and teachers. According to the study, students are likely to feel comfortable in class if they believe their teacher cares about them. A student’s sense of safety in class was also influenced by fair, understandable, and consistent rules.

Students who have experienced bullying have stated that they feel less secure in the schoolyard. According to researchers, feeling less secure at school might lead to mental health issues that last a child their entire life.

Social-emotional learning programs necessary in therapy 

Preventive measures like psychoeducation and social-emotional education programs should be incorporated into the therapies to improve children’s good interactions and decrease behavioral issues. According to researcher Yuko Mori of Turku’s Research Centre for Child Psychiatry, the data clearly demonstrated the need for ways to create learning environments in which all pupils can feel safe, irrespective of their origin.

Research leader Dr. Andre Sourander, “Physically, cognitively and emotionally safe school environment is essential for the development and educational success of children and young people.”