There are many different definitions of violence. The United Nations often talks about violence taking many forms. It takes place when someone uses their strength or their position of power to hurt someone else on purpose, not by accident. Violence includes threats of violence, and acts which could possibly cause harm, as well as those that actually do. The harm involved can be to a person's mind and their general health and well-being, as well as to their body. Violence also includes deliberate harm people do to themselves, including killing themselves.
It can be PHYSICAL:
It can also be PSYCHOLOGICAL:
It happens mainly when children or adults want to:
Violence doesn't only happen among children themselves. When an adult or adults intentionally use physical or psychological force or power over one or several children – this is VIOLENCE. When a child or children intentionally use physical or psychological force or power over one or several adults – this is also VIOLENCE.
There are also other more specific types of violence that sometimes happen in school or within the school community.
1. SEXUAL VIOLENCE: It can be done by peer, teacher, director or other adult in the school and outside of the school; person from the same or opposite gender; person who is not aware that their behaviour is sexual violence – what matters is that the victim experiences this behaviour as sexual violence.
2. CYBERVIOLENCE: The internet has provided children with an immense source of information and a means for social networking – it contributes to fulfilling their right to information, education and self-expression; however, it has also opened a new channel for exposing vulnerable children to risks of violence. Risks of sexual abuse and exploitation, exposure to violent or inappropriate images, and cyber bullying are some of the risks.
3. VANDALISM: When adults or children intentionally damage objects or items belonging to someone else – like breaking a window or even installing a virus onto somebody's computer.
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