According to Statista, a study conducted on children and teens across the United States in May 2015 indicated that 35% of respondents had bullied people on social media. Of these respondents, 19% had done so by making fun of someone to others, and 16% had done so by making fun of a person’s physical appearance. Furthermore, a study conducted by the American Psychological Association found that 29% of students in grades 6-12 reported that schools provide caring, encouraging environments. This same study found that 30% of high school students surveyed engage in high-risk behaviors, including substance use, sex, violence, and attempted suicide.
All of these behaviors have one thing in common: lack of social and emotional skills. When faced with home-related disruption, bullying, or high-stress, students lacking these skills act out instead of remaining calm and focused.
Social and emotional skills are built around acquiring the necessary knowledge and attitude needed to manage emotions in a healthy way. SEL allows individuals to manage emotions, develop empathy, and maintain healthy relationships, which are critical to both personal and professional relationships. When implemented early on, SEL can instill appropriate coping methods for dealing with these types of situations. Mastering these skills can lead to increased self-awareness, responsible decision making, relationship skills, and social awareness.
What is SEL?
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Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is the nation’s leading organization advancing the development of academic, social and emotional competence for all students.
Edutopia is the leading voice illuminating and showcasing what works in education. We show people how they can adopt best practices and tell stories of innovation and continuous learning in the real world.
Six Seconds is a global nonprofit network supporting people to create positive change – everywhere, all the time. Our vision is a billion people practicing the skills of emotional intelligence worldwide.
5 keys to social and emotional learning
This website links to a video, giving an overview of social and emotional learning.