Professor Shawn Grant
English Composition and Reading 1
16 February 2011
Bullying: it is right or wrong?
What is bullying?
Bullying is a cruel way to gain power and strength over others who are weaker to hurt and has a negative effect on the victims.
What does bullying mean to me?
To me, bullying means a way for someone who is controlling toward others in order for them to be popular and make friends. Some characteristics of bullies are being frustrated, don’t want to follow rules, thinks violence is positive, and boys are physically stronger.
Risk factors of bullies are parents, don’t show love to their children, not limiting behavior, not being supervised, using corporal punishment, and bullying happening at home. Bullies are more likely to be involved in fights and getting hurt, stealing items that don’t belong to them, smoking and taking alcohol, skipping school, and keeping weapons.
Signs of being bullied are coming from school with torn or missing belonging, hard to explain injuries, afraid of going to school, different feelings when home from school, and has low self-esteem. Everyone can stop bullying; when others step in, it usually stops in 10 seconds. A small group of children said they’ve both been bullied and also victims. Bullying happens on school playgrounds and in classrooms every 7 to 25 minutes. Girls aren’t reporting bullying as often as boys are. Boys are reporting physical bullying; while girls are reporting bullying as verbal. 11 to 12 year olds say they’re bullying others younger and older than them. Bullies are known for being hyperactive and interrupting others. They are angry and mean to their classmates, teachers, parents, and siblings. They are drawn to violent scenes and having positive thinking about being bossy. Boys dominate others and girls who bully are physically weaker than those in their class. They don’t have any sympathy for their victims...
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