Teacher Pearly Villagracia
Bullying is happening everywhere and the chances that you, that all of us have bullied, been bullied or at least encountered bullying are high. Around the world, statistics are being collated on the impact and prevalence of bullying, particularly within schools and online in cyber space. An estimated 200 million children and youth around the world are being bullied by their peers, according to the 2007 Kandersteg Declaration Against Bullying in Children and Youth. This fact alone is enough to get people to understand the severity of bullying in schools. However, in the last few years, bullying has expanded its reaches and now has the capability to follow victims to their homes, all thanks to mobile phones and internet. With bullying reaching new heights, so have the effects it has on victims. Bullying is unacceptable, and must be stopped.
Psychologists once believed that bullies had low self-esteem and put others down to feel better about themselves. Although a lot of bullies themselves are bullied at home or at school, research now shows that most bullies actually have a great self-esteem. Bullies usually have a sense of superiority over others, and also lack compassion, impulse control and clearly, social skills. Bullying doesn’t only happen for one reason. There are many variants between all bullies and their methods. Bullies are not born that way though, but certain genetic traits are often present. Some people’s personalities are naturally more aggressive, dominating or impulsive. Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) are more likely to become bullies. Now, although they might have these inborn traits, it does not mean a child will automatically grow up to be a bully. Bullying is a learned behaviour, meaning it is not a character trait but a behaviour the bully has learned and uses. Bullies can and should learn new ways to curb their aggression and handle conflicts.