Bullying Effects

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Jenna Burnett
English 105
Suchi
10/15/12
Bullying and its Negative Effects on Society

I am sure that we can all, regretfully, think of an incident where you or someone you know have been bullied. Whether it was being called a derogatory name, being singled out because of your race, or even somebody saying something inappropriate about you on facebook. All of these examples are far too familiar in today’s society. So familiar, in fact, that statistics show that one out of every four teens face problems with bullying on a daily basis, whether it is mentally, verbally or physically (Fox,3). Bullying has not only ruined the lives of victims, but also ruined the lives of the bullies themselves. Many people do not understand the negative effects bullying has on oneself and/or their family until they are actually involved in a bullying situation. Bullying is a fact of modern society, however, knowing the psychological and even physical effects that bullying can cause, preventative measures should be taken by parents, teachers and school administrators to abolish bullying for good. Dr. Dan Olweus is a psychologist whose main focus is on bully/victim problems. His work is recognized all over the world and has received many awards for his publications and interventions including, “Blueprints for Violence Prevention: Bullying Prevention Program . His goal is to abolish bullying and all of is negative effects. In order to get rid of bullying it is important to know what the actual definition of the term is. This matters because certain parents, teachers, and school administrators may not have been directly affected by a bullying situation, so it is possible that they may not recognize a bullying situation when one is present. “The definition includes three important components. One, bullying is an aggressive behavior that involves unwanted, negative actions. Two, Bullying involves a pattern of behavior repeated over time. Three, Bullying involves an imbalance of power or strength. (Olweus, 9)”. If every teacher or school administrator understood this definition, I believe many bullying instances may be prevented. The first part of the definition, “Bullying is aggressive behavior that involves unwanted negative actions,” is pretty self explanatory, but the next two parts should be dissected. “Bullying involves a pattern of behavior repeated over time. Bullying involves an imbalance of power or strength” (Olweus, 9). In my own past experiences in high school, I have witnessed bullying first hand. There was a particular boy on our football team who the team singled out and tended to be the center of all of their jokes. That is merely what the coach passed it as, a joke, yet it continued and continued and the boy ended up quitting the football team. Why did he quit? Because there was a pattern of negative behavior repeated time after time, and an imbalance of power and strength. If the coach would have understood the definition of bullying in depth, the boy may have continued to play football with the team. This is just one example... It is of high importance to fully understand the definition of bullying, but also to be able to recognize an actual instance of bullying. A study done by Tanja R Nansel who studied Child Health and Human Development called, “Bullying Behaviors Among US Youth,” showed that direct aggression is more common among the boys while indirect forms of bullying is most common among the girls. “The most common types of bullying reported by boys were threats, physical harm, rejection,and name-calling. The most common forms for girls were name-calling, teasing, rumors, rejection, and taking of personal belongings” (Nansel, 1). Bullying seems to be more noticeable among boys because they tend to be more physical and vocal and use direct targeting. Boys also use bullying to show dominance. In contrast to boys, girls tend to be more quiet when it comes to bullying, there is a lot of talking behind each others back,...
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