4 March 2013
The Road to End Bullying
Bullying is a shared experience for many children, and adolescents. Children and adolescents who bully thrive on controlling or dominating others. They have often been the victims of physical abuse or bullying themselves. Bullies may also be depressed, angry, or upset about events at school or home. Despite all the fights against bullying, it still happens! Today, bullying is an emotionally draining issue prominent across many schools and universities. Bullying is unacceptable, and there are many movements in an effort to end bullying once and for all. Bullying has a negative impact on children and adolescents. According to dosomething.org, “Over 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year”. (dosomething.org). What is bullying exactly? Bullying is described as repeated verbal, physical, social, or psychological behavior that is harmful, and involves the misuse of power by an individual or group towards one or more persons. It can have long- term effects on those involved (Bullying No Way!). With that being stated, what can be said about bullying? It is a natural part of life that everyone unfortunately is going to have to put up with one way or another. Bullying can happen in the following ways: face to face with examples such as name calling; at a distance such as spreading rumors; or cyber bullying. The first two are starting to disappear; however, the third method, cyber bullying is getting more common. With the advancements in the 21st century, technology has created new ways of contacting people. Above all, this gives leeway to potential bullies to target an individual and harass them due to the amount of social networking. Cyber bullying can encompass a variety of issues. One can send someone mean or threatening emails, instant messages, or text messages. One can exclude someone from an instant messenger buddy list or blocking their email for no reason. One can break into someone’s email or instant message account to send cruel or untrue messages while posing as that person. One can create websites to make fun of another person such as a classmate or teacher. (National Crime Prevention Council). How can this be prevented? Parents should learn their child’s information and regulate just how much social networking they are exposed to. There are a few ways on how this can be regulated: parents can keep their computer in a busy area of the house such as the living room. Also, parents can regularly check their children buddy list after helping them set up their emails and passwords to see whom they talk to; and who tries to contact them.( National Crime Prevention Council). Bullying is considered a crime in some instances. Why does this happen? There are a quite a few reasons why one decides to bully another individual. A few reasons include: a bully thinks it is fun, or that it makes them popular or cool. Students feel more powerful or important. Students feels insecure or lacks confidence or are trying to fit within a group. One can be fearful of other children’s differences, or students are jealous of another child. Students copy what one has seen others do before, or what has been done to them.( Bullying No Way!)Therefore, the teachers or parents need to watch out for these signs. If these signs seem to be present, one should talk to the individual to see how one can help them. School officials, teachers, and parents do not seem to consider that there are innocent bystanders that witness bullying. According to dosomething.org, “1 in 4 teachers see nothing wrong with bullying and will only intervene 4 percent of the time”. Why is this? Bystanders tend to fear for their own safety, or position in the group. Students might think that someone else will help or they are worried about making things worse. One does not know what to do. One thinks their actions will not make a difference. Students often think it is...
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