Bullying is an unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and those who bully others may have serious, lasting problems (StopBullying.gov). Bullying has become more and more popular among teenagers, especially in schools, however; this is not the only time young adults are dealing with bullying. Cyber bullying in general, has become prominent by using the internet, social media, and cell phones (Scholastic ink, 2013). Bullying occurs because of multiple things including the perpetrators insecurities, easy targets, attention, self-empowerment and much more. There is a myriad of ways an individual can bully or can be bullied, but being bullied is completely avoidable, if you have the proper knowledge. Although bullying has a multitude of negative effects on the victim, there are several methods the victim and that individual’s family can use to demolish bullying from their life.
Bullying can begin as early as preschool then intensify during transitional stages such as the teenage years, and sometimes carry into adulthood. Victims of bullying tend to be shy, aloof and physically weaker than their peers, although this is not true for every victim. “Each day an estimated 160,000 students miss school for fear of being bullied and 10 percent of students who drop out do so because of repeated bullying” (Dalton 1). Most individuals, who are bullied, lack confidence and social skills, therefore, they appear to be easy targets to the perpetrator. Retaliation from these soft spoken victims traditionally does not occur (Scholastic ink, 2013). Bullying can include name calling, lying to cause harm to a specific person, hitting, shoving, harassing, manipulating, and any way of making a certain individual feel unwelcome or uncomfortable (Stevens, 2003). Bullying is a major problem, especially when kids...
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