By: Nathan Hite
Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The focus of this research paper is to investigate bullying, the types of bullying, reasons why people are bullies and possible ways for people to stop and prevent bullying. There are many types of bullying , such as verbal bullying, physical bullying, racist bullying, sexual bullying and cyberbullying.
Physical bullying is when one person or group of people picks on or harasses another person in a face to face confrontational manner. Physical bullying can include harassment like name calling or stalking behaviors, and more violent abuses like hitting or intimidation. Sometimes kids, teens and adults can single out a person that is alienated from the group. This can lead to the victim being taunted, tortured and beaten up. Physical bullying can end tragically and therefore must be stopped immediately. In children and adults you may notice a withdrawn and sad silence that surrounds them. If a child or young adult doesn’t want to go somewhere like school, after school programs, walk home by themselves, ride the bus home or to a friend’s house, they may be a victim of bullying. It is important to talk to the child and ask them about their feelings surrounding the matter. After all, there is no better way to find something out than to ask.
Verbal bullying occurs when someone uses language to gain power over his or her peers. The verbal bully makes use of relentless insults and teasing to bully his or her peers. Verbal bullies are one of the more difficult types of bullies to identify since their attacks tend to only occur when adults are not present. Even though verbal bullying creates no physical damage it can have lasting psychological impacts on victims.
Emotional intimidation is when the bully or group of bullies intentionally excludes someone from an activity or group. This type of bullying can also be found in the previously discussed types of bullying. This type of abuse usually starts when a bully starts saying things to the victim about what they wear or how they talk or even how they do in there academics just like in verbal bullying. They can even try to intimidate someone into starting a fight with them just like in physical bullying.
Racist bullying can take many forms such as making racial slurs mocking the victim’s cultural customs, and making offensive gestures. Racist bullying is not just about the color of your skin it can be about your ethnic background and religion too. Racist bullying in schools can range from ill-considered remarks which are not intended to be hurtful to deliberate physical attacks causing serious injury. Racist bullying can be identified by the motivation of the bully, the language used, and/or by the fact that victims are singled out because of the color of their skin, the way they talk, their ethnic grouping or by their religious or cultural practices. Sexual bullying can be physical or non-physical and is based on a person’s sexuality or gender. It’s when sexuality or gender is used as a weapon by boys or girls towards other boys or girls although it’s more commonly directed at girls. It can be carried out to a person’s face, behind their back or through the use of technology. This type of bullying can also be found with some young adults or adults.
Cyberbullying is one or a group of kids or teens using electronic means like computers and mobile phones (emails, Web sites, chat rooms, instant messaging and texting) to torment, threaten, harass, humiliate, embarrass or target another kid or teen. When it comes to the impact of cyberbullying there isn’t much difference between it and the effects of traditional bullying. Both cause significant emotional and psychological distress. In fact just...
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