Have you ever been bullied? Bullying happens every day in America. Everyday someone is being made fun of, or harm physically, emotionally, and/or mentally because of their skin color, religion, social economics, culture, and many more. Because of the social impact of the increasing numbers of bullies, there should be more education for the victims and harsher consequences for the bullies. Bullying is on the rise. “Bullies are aggressive people who repeatedly physically or emotionally abuse, torment, or victimize someone else.” (Wells). A bully is a person who uses strength, popularity, or power to harm another person to make they feel better about themselves personally as a person. A bully is a person who purposely tries to harm others by: making feel uncomfortable, hurting the, home calling ads/or spreading rumor” (kzoo.edu/bullying.) All of this of this is for the bully to feel better but mostly for the victim to feel bad. A victim is the exact opposite of a bully. Victims are not the ones doing the bullying. People who are victimized should be more enlighten on ways to deal with, handle, or avoid bullying. People who do the bullying, in my opinion should have more serious precautions and sever outcomes. There are two main causes of bullying. The first main reason is the bullies may have high self-esteem. Bullies are often popular among their peers. Frequently bullies are admired for their physical toughness. “Bullying usually involves an older or larger child or children victimized a single child who is unable to defend him or herself” (Wells). The second main point is bullies tend to have an excessive amount frustration. The frustration often times comes from problems at home. The bullies become upset to the point where they are taking their anger out on someone more vulnerable than themselves (Donegan). The act of bullying has many negative effects not only on the victims but also on the bullies. Some negative effect of victims is loneliness, difficulty making friends, and insecurity. Victims of bullying often suffer humiliation, insecurity, and low self-esteem. They may even develop a fear of going to school or the place the bullying has occurred. Victims are also at a great risk to suffer from depression and in worst cases, commit suicide. The bullies have negative effects along with the victims. Researchers suggest that bullies often lead to criminal later on in life. It has been reported that “…60 percent of males who were bullies in grade sixth through ninth were convicted of at least one crime as adults…” (Wells) In the past, bullying was not as prevalent as it is today. The way in which we view bullying today is much different than years ago. A “bully” in the 1950’s would have been defined as someone who singles out weak classmates and picks on them, in a physical way. For example, hitting, kicking, and punching, stealing another person’s lunch, and /or dumping cafeteria trays. (break.com/topic/bullies) As time progressed, it became easier to identify and recognize what we considered a “bully”. Needless to say, years ago, the outward appearance of a bully usually consisted of the kid with larger statue, stronger and visually a much scarier looking individual that terrorized everybody else. Although bullying consisted of physical behavior during that time, there was a safe zone where the victim could escape the bully, it was home. Today a victim can be bullied in his or her own home and it may or may not ever be recognized (Penegan). Today, bullying has become quite common in America. Bullying has majorly increased according to the U.S. Department of Justice. (Wells) Today “bullying” is an overused stigmatized word nobody wants to address. On the course of this present day bullying can happen to anyone at any time. With the increase of technology and lack of supervision from children’s parents kids can be exposed to bullying at any time. Bullying no longer happens at school. It can happen: online, via...
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