Teens Who Feel Safe at School Do Better
As the new school year begins, parents, students, teachers, and school administrators everywhere are turning their thoughts to academic success. A recent study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health indicates that studying hard isn’t the only key to getting good grades, feeling safe at school is important too.
According to the study, high school students who don’t feel safe at school have a lower potential for learning and a higher risk for emotional issues than those who aren’t concerned about safety. This ongoing study began in 1998, with more than 2,000 participants who were just 5 months old at the time.
Victims of bullying at school and students who feel unsafe experience a lower sense of well-being and higher rates of depression. The study also found that high school students who feel less safe at home—those who live in poverty or in unsafe neighborhoods, for example—carry those feelings with them to school. The learning environment—from teachers’ engagement with students to well-maintained buildings—can help students feel safer at school.
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