It’s a question that comes up in nearly every school playground.
And yet, for many, bullying is so often hidden that it’s not even discussed at all.
What we don’t talk about is how to avoid it in the first place.
In the early days of physical education, physical education teachers and students often worked closely with the principals and parents to find ways to reduce bullying.
The school, it was believed, would be a safe place for students to learn.
They could have fun and socialise with friends and other pupils.
And when bullying became a problem, physical activity was not just encouraged but encouraged to be part of a schoolwide approach to bullying.
This approach has been repeated throughout Australia and the world, but it has been a huge challenge for physical education classrooms.
In the United States, where physical education has been taught for more than 50 years, there is a huge body of evidence that supports a strong, positive role for physical activity in school.
In a recent paper published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers looked at the impact of physical activity interventions for bullying in school, finding that physical activity is associated with lower levels of bullying and reduced bullying incidents.
“One of the first things you notice about bullying is that it is a problem that is very, very hard to resolve.
It is so difficult to do anything about it,” says Dr. Jodie Ritchie, a clinical psychologist at the University of Victoria who is also a lead author of the paper.”
And there is very little that is easy about it, so it is quite hard to get things done and it’s hard to prevent it from happening.
So there are lots of barriers to getting things done.”
Physical activity, like running, jumping and lifting weights, is an effective way to reduce the impact and reduce bullying, according to the research.
But when it comes to bullying, Dr Ritchie says that physical exercise is just as important as physical education.
“The only thing that really matters is that we get a healthy dose of physical exercise, and the only thing we really have to do to prevent bullying is to give children the right type of physical stimulation,” she says.
“So we are trying to make it more difficult for kids to be bullied.”
So, what’s the right kind of physical fitness to start with?
According to Dr Raney, physical exercise can be an effective means of reducing bullying, particularly for young children, who are at greater risk of developing depression and anxiety.
“We know that physical health in young children is really important,” she explains.
“Children are particularly vulnerable to bullying because they are less developed and have poorer cognitive functioning than older children.
They’re also less able to learn, which is particularly true for boys.
So it’s important to give kids the physical activity they need to help them feel safe.”
The research also shows that physical inactivity can have positive impacts on physical and mental health, and can even protect against depression.
“It’s been shown that physical activities are good at keeping kids in shape and at reducing stress and anxiety,” Dr Rian says.
“It can even reduce the risk of depression.”
It’s important that children are physically active at a young age, so that they’re not exposed to bullying in the classroom, says Dr Rieber, but “you also have to be very careful about what you are doing.
If you are sitting in the chair with your feet up and you’re not moving, you’re probably not doing the right things.”
Dr Riebers research suggests that physical education classes should focus on teaching kids to become more active, rather than being all about physical activity.
“You can be physical, but you can also be creative, and you can have fun,” she adds.
“We want kids to feel like they’re part of something, and they should have the opportunity to be a part of the learning experience, which can be quite an amazing feeling.”
The key is to have a balanced approach, she says, and give kids a range of physical activities to get them moving.
“I think it’s just so important that you have a variety of physical opportunities.
If they are not getting enough exercise, they may not get enough time with the teachers, so there is no point in being physically active when you’re on a school trip,” she advises.”
In some schools, you can go to a gym and you will find that a lot of students are very, quite active, and so you might want to encourage them to go to the gym, and that’s just because it’s a very healthy activity.””
It might be something that is not something that you are particularly interested in, but if you can give kids an opportunity to do that, it may be beneficial.”
Dr. Riebing says the key is that physical learning should not just be physical.
“There is a real need for physical activities that are designed to improve cognitive function, because you don’t want children to be mentally stunted