November 11, 2012
Suicide is the third leading cause of death among students and young adults. Bullying causes over 4,000 deaths amongst students and young adults. Not everyone realizes how serious bullying is or how harmful it can be. More people need to be informed on what bullying is, how bullying differs as children grow up, the effects of bullying, how bullying has changed and how bullying can be prevented.
There are many ways a bully can be described or characterized, “A bully is someone who is regularly overbearing. He or she looks to cause humiliation or discomfort to another, particularly if that other is weaker or smaller. This can be physical bullying, emotional bullying or mental discomfort and humiliation.” (Bullying Statistics) In today’s society there are many different forms and ways that make it easy to be a bully. When people think of bullying they generally think of physically hurting someone, or getting in a fight, but bullying goes beyond physical and into verbal. Verbal bullying is a common method with girls, because it’s more subtle but not any less damaging. Verbal bullying can lead to bad self-image, low self-esteem and depression. Physical bullying is still a bad issue, and can include: hitting, pushing, tripping, kicking, slapping, spitting and stealing. Physical bullying could also cross the line of sexual assault or harassment.
Cyber bullying is one of the newest most used bullying methods today. Cyber bullying is when a child or teenager is harassed, embarrassed, threatened or tormented using digital technology. The point of cyber bullying is to make someone feel bad about themselves using technology, usually through a computer, social network, cell phone or pictures. Cyber bullies generally have the same traits as a bully, or could be someone that is bullied in real life and returns the act using technology, because it makes them feel more powerful. There are many facts about cyber bullying that people do not