Bullying in Schools:
Every second and minute of the day a kid is bullied. Bullying is something that is not only happening here in the U.S. but all over the world. We need to put a stop to! As parents, school educators, and a community we need to stand up to bullies and give kids who are being bullied an outlet to reach out for help.
According to No Bully.com bullying is defined as a form of repeated aggression that is directed by one or more people towards another person. One of the biggest problems facing our school kids today is bullying. A typical schoolchild has a nearly 25 percent chance of being involved in bullying on school grounds, teasing or taunting on the bus, sexual harassment, “flaming” on the internet, and beatings or gang activity (Sheras, 2002).
Why do kids bully? Most bullies do it to feel better about their selves; they believe there peers think it’s funny when they put down other kids. They have low self esteem and are driven by jealousy and anger. Bullies are people who have not learned the lessons of consequences, that if they behave well there are good consequences such as rewards, but if they behave badly there are bad consequences such as restriction, sanction, punishment. Since childhood, bullies have learned that they can avoid the unpleasant consequences of bad behavior through the instinctive response of denial, blame, and feigning victimhood. Most bullies don’t feel remorse for what they have done; it tends to feed to t heir egos. The purpose of most bullying is to hide their inadequacies. There are several types of bullying such as physical bullying, verbal bullying, relational bullying, and cyber bullying. Physical bullying is when someone using physical force to hurt someone either by pushing, hitting, shoving, kicking, or holding them down. Examples of physical bullying are taking a kids lunch money, breaking their personal belongings, or physical assaulting someone. Verbal bullying is when students use their words to hurt another student. This includes threatening, taunting, intimidating, insulting, sarcasm, name-calling, teasing, slurs, graffiti, put-downs and ridicule. It also includes hostile gestures such as making faces, staring, giving the evil eye, eye rolling and spitting. Relational bullying occurs when students disrupt another student’s peer relationships through leaving them out, gossiping, whispering and spreading rumors. And cyber bullying refers to the use of cell-phones, text messages, e-mails, instant messaging, chats, blogs and social networking sites to bully another student in any of the ways described above. In today’s society cyber bullying is one of the highest forms of bullying today. The facts about bullying (Borba). One in seven students is either a bully or victim. Over 56% of students have personally witnessed some type of bullying at school. About 15% of all school absenteeism is directly related to fears of being bullied at school. Approximately 71% of students report incidents of bullying as a problem at their school. An alarming one out of 20 students has seen a student with a gun at school. American schools harbor 2.1 million bullies and 2.7 million of their victims. And young bullies carry a one-in-four chance of having a criminal record by age 30. Mean behavior among kids is a universal problem. In a poll of 232 kids in kindergarten through 8th grade at a Connecticut elementary school, every child claimed to have been the victim of at least one schoolmate’s or sibling’s meanness in the previous month. There are many repercussions from bullying that are quite shocking: 1) Children who are bullied are more likely to be depressed; 2) Severe bullying can cause students to drop out of school and not want to further their own education; 3) There can be tragic emotional consequences for victims of bullies. Nearly 50% of students revealed they had considered or thought about committing suicide as a result of bullying. Sadly...
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