Keren Chelsea L. Guevara
Bullying is the act of constantly or repeatedly attacking, usually by means of force or coercion with the intention of affecting others who are weaker than the aggressor or aggressors (Wikipedia.com, par.1). It involves power play or a disproportion of social or physical power that is used by the attacker or attackers to his advantage. Bullying can be done by an individual or by a group against one or more victims that are inferior to them in terms of number and strength. Intimidators strategically pick on victims that are shy and physically weak or those who have low self-esteem and poor social skills because these are the types that are unlikely to stand up for themselves (scholastic.com, par. 3).
Bullying takes on many different forms – verbal, physical, and relational. An aggressor throws belittling remarks and malicious threats in verbal bullying. On the other hand, physical or behavioral bullying involves the bully harming the victim physically. For example, hitting, punching or stealing. Meanwhile, relational bullying takes on forms like spreading spiteful rumors about the victim. While these acts are different forms of harassment on their own, they become bullying when they occur repeatedly. (Connie Anderson, Teresa Foden, par. 4) An often misconception about bullying is that it only happens on campuses or school grounds and that children are the only ones being bullied. According to Anderson and Foden, bullying can happen not only in classrooms or playgrounds, but also via text messages or Facebook (par. 4). Even the workplace, where “bullying usually focuses on distorted or fabricated allegations of underperformance” is not an exception to bullying as employees can be bullied by their colleagues as well (bullyonline.org, par. 1). This just goes to say that bullying is not limited to children and schools. Bullying can take place anywhere and to anybody. However, John Cloud states in his article for the Time...
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