Bullying is aggressive behavior usually among students that includes making threats, spreading rumors, and making mean or embarrassing comments. There are three forms of bullying that are the most common, which are: physical, verbal, and cyber bullying. Students are being bullied on a daily basis. In 2010 about 2.7 million students were being bullied each year (bullyingstatistics.org). It is having a negative impact on their lives by causing suicide.
Physical bullying can consist of hitting, pushing, and kicking. About 282,000 students are physically bullied in secondary schools each month (bullyingstatistics.org). As students reach a higher grade in school physical bullying can become more common and can even increase to more violent levels, such as using guns or knives. William Voors is the author of many books about bullying. In his book called “bullying changing the course of your child’s life” he said “Physical bullying is the easiest type of peer abuse to identify. It’s also the one type of bullying that most people can agree is bullying” (6). Even though most students use physical bullying, people do find the physical abuse unacceptable and are more willing to say something to stop the violent actions that are happening.
Verbal bullying is using words to hurt another person, such as name calling, teasing, and verbal threats. Students are teased because of the clothes they wear, appearance, and learning disabilities. “Verbal bullying is the most common form of bullying among boys and girls from grade school through high school” said William Voors (7). Girls are more likely to use verbal bullying than boys are. Verbal bullying can also become worse as students reach high school. “While a third grader may call someone “dumbie” a high school students may say “oh look here comes Roberto he’s mentally challenged, you know” said William Voors (7). As bullies reach high school they have a greater vocabulary and know exactly what to say to hurt someone’s feelings. Verbal bullying is easier to get away with because not many people notice it happening. Verbal abuse can take the least amount of time since it only takes a few words to be considered bullying. “Some people call verbal bullying teasing” said William Voors (8). Most teachers and adults think it’s harmless when students use verbal bullying, but it’s just as harmful as using physical bullying.
Bullying can happen anywhere such as on the playground or in locker rooms, but as technology became well known bullying has become popular over the internet which is known as cyber bullying. Cyber bullying is the newest form of bullying where teens use the internet to embarrass someone else. It can occur over text messages, facebook, and email. Bullies find it easier to bully over the internet because it is easy to hurt someone’s feelings with mean messages or embarrassing pictures. Also because they think they won’t get caught since they are doing it online. People say that cyber bullying shouldn’t have an affect on teens because they can just walk away from the computer. They don’t realize that even if the victim deletes the messages or pictures it can stay on the internet forever and can even stay in the memory of the victim. Cyber bully victims are less likely to tell their parents about what is going on, but more likely to commit suicide then someone who is not being bullied online. Studies show that between 25 to 45 percent of teens report being bullied online (ChicagoTribune.com). Children of all ages should understand that the internet is not a safe place and they should watch out what websites they go onto and the people that they talk to.
These forms of bullying can cause academic problems, depression, and most importantly thoughts or actions of suicide. More than 3,000 students ages 10-14 committed suicide from 1995-2004 because of bullying. “Bully victims are 2 to 9 times...
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