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James A. Hess
Professor Merrifield
English 102: PO1
23 July 2012
Argumentative Essay: Stop Bullying, Help Make the World a Happier, Better Place Bullying is an emotinally draining issue prominent across the world today. Bullying is unacceptable, and there are many, if not several movements in an effort to end bullying once and for all. Throughout the course of this essay, I am going to discuss the issue of bullying, and formulate an argument towards the issue at hand. In this argument, I will show my support in the fight against bullying. A lot of things have changed throughout the course of time; however, it is still prominent throughout the world today. Bullying is inhumane, and needs to end; what do you think? Do you think the fights against bullying are effective? Do you all think that everything is right in the world? Wrong! Despite all the fights against bullying; it still happens. Why? Well, that is what this essay is about. Bullying is morally unaccpetable; I am a former victim of bullying myself. What is bullying exactly? Bullying is described as repeated verbal, physical, social or psychological behaviour that is harmful and involves the misuse of power by an individual or group towards one or more persons. It can have long-term effects on those involved. (Bullying No Way!) With that being stated, what can be said about bullying? Honestly, it is a natural part of life that everyone unfortunately is going to have to put up with one way or another. Bullying can be done in the following ways: face-to-face with examples such as name calling; at a distance such as spreading Hess 2

rumors; or cyber bullying. (Bullying No Way!) Today, the first two are starting to disappear. However, the third method, cyber bullying is getting more and more common. We now live in the 21st century; and with our advancements in technology we have created new means of staying in contact with people. This gives leeway to potential bullies to target an individual and harass them. Due to the amount of social media present; people can form new ways to harass others. Cyber bullying is a rather broad topic; so as a result here are some examples: sending someone mean or threatening emails, instant messages, or text messages. Excluding someone from an instant messenger buddy list or blocking their email for no reason. Tricking someone into revealing personal or embarrassing information and sending it to others. Breaking into someone's email or instant message account to send cruel or untrue messages while posing as that person . Creating websites to make fun of another person such as a classmate or teacher. Using websites to rate peers as prettiest, ugliest, etc. (National Crime Prevention Council) Those are just basic examples. Therefore, how can this be prevented? That question can be pondered upon, but to answer it; I argue that parents should learn their child’s information and regulate just how much social media they are exposed to. There are a few ways just to how this can be regulated: parents can keep their computer in a busy area in the house such as a living room. Also, regularly check their buddy list after helping them set up their e-mails and passwords to see who they talk to; and who tries to contact them. (National Crime Prevention Council) Anyway, enough about cyber bullying. Bullying is considered a crime in some standards. Why does this happen? Well, there a quite a few reasons for it to occur. Often, children are the age group that commonly bully each other. Why does it happen? A few reasons include: they Hess 3

think it's fun, or that it makes them popular or cool. They feel more powerful or important, or they want to get their own way all the time. They feel insecure or lack confidence or are trying to fit in with a group. They are fearful of other children's differences, or they are jealous of another child. They are unhappy.They are copying what they have seen others do before, or what has been done to them....
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