Teachers busy dealing with bullying complaints and parents missing work to look after traumatised children have created a $135 million annual hit to the economy, the PwC Australia study revealed.Researchers found bullying is a time bomb, with massive costs arising from chronic health conditions in the years after students leave school.
The study, commissioned by the Alannah & Madeline Foundation, lays bare the shocking prevalence of bullying in our schools, finding: UP to 228,000 students are bullied each year by 136,000 bullies; SCHOOLS experience about one bullying incident a week; TEACHERS dealing with bullying complaints cost $85 million each year in lost productivity; CARERS missing work to look after students who avoid school cost the economy $45 million each year; and LONG-TERM costs of bullying are estimated to hit $510 million for each school year group in the 20 years after school, including $85 million for chronic health conditions.Alannah & Madeline Foundation chief executive Lesley Podesta described the report's findings as shocking but not surprising. She acknowledged putting a dollar figure on bullying might seem "impersonal" but said the approach was "a powerful way to shine a spotlight" on the issue.
Child psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg said longterm effects of bullying could wreck victims' sense of worth.
From: Herald Sun, Melbourne by Ed Gardiner19 Mar 2018