Lack of self-confidence occurs in children exposed to emotional abuse

Asst. Prof. Dr. Sarem Özdemir, Faculty Member from Faculty of Education, Cyprus International University (CIU) drew attention to the negative effects of emotional abuse experienced by children in their family and at their educational settings.

Asst. Prof. Dr. Özdemir stated that the negligence of children in terms of care or affection by adults, who are obliged to take care of them or exposure to negative behavior, is emotional abuse. “Shouting at the child, humiliating him/her in front of others, hurting his pride, not appreciating, forcing him/her to do things he/she does not want to, threatening him/her with physical violence or restricting his/her freedom of expression are among the most common abusive behaviors” she said.

Özdemir mentioned that this type of emotional abuse has different dimensions within the school and classroom, and she highlighted the emotional abuse experienced within the classroom. “The most common emotionally abusive behaviors are to punish children with homework in the classroom, to write the name of the ones talking-shouting on the blackboard, to be incriminating, to give a nickname, to ignore the students by not seeing them as an individual, to be silent at the time when the student needs to be appreciated, but not giving up to criticize" said Özdemir.

Özdemir underlined that there may be problems such as fear, worthlessness, insecurity and inferiority complex in children who are exposed to emotional abuse. Emotional abuse is an issue that requires attention in the classroom and especially in the family environment of the child, she said.

Asst. Prof. Dr. Özdemir stated that trainings on empathy, communication, listening and speaking skills should be provided at regular intervals to eliminate this situation and that such training programs should be organized by the authorities.

Özdemir also drew attention to the importance of activities in which everyone can relax spiritually in school settings. She also suggested that the activities such as sports, art, meditation and correct breathing techniques would create a positive atmosphere within the school.