Evolution of Bullying

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Bullying can take many different forms, some of those could be cyberbullying, physical bullying or indirect bullying, but during the 1950's and 60's in Apartheid South Africa, there was vast and extreme issue of bullying in the form of racism. Although racism may not be as much of a massive problem in todays world, bullying has taken many other forms besides racism and has gradually become more and more deadly. “Treat others the way you want to be treated”, thats the golden rule, but do you think everyone in todays society really lives by it? I would say not. Statistics show that there are approximately 2, 200 deaths by suicide in Australia in any given year, and it is an unavoidable fact that suicide can be caused by being the victim of bullying.

It is undeniable that there has been an extreme increase in technology in the 21st century, in which the internet and social networking sites have become incredibly popular and social media has definitely become an intregral part of modern society. I'm sure we can all agree that majority of todays teenagers have become addicted to these websites. And im positive that more than majority of us can agree that some of those teenagers have used these methods negatively, those people being the ones who use their computer as a weapon, where they are able to sit infront of the screen and spinelessly target individuals or groups in the warmth and safeness of their home. Could this huge evolution have presented modern day bullies with a greater opportunity to target those victims?

Bullying occurs on a regular basis in many schools, it usually starts with one person, the 'ring leader', who then encourages a few others to join in, and by then have eventually caught the attention of a large crowd of other students who then stand by the sidelines spectating, and maybe even laughing out loud and snickering behind the victim's back. These spectators may not be directly bullying the victim, but by crowding around and...
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