Bullying in schools:
Bullying and cyber-bullying have become an increasing problem in the schools
Everyday there is more and more stories on the outcome of what can happen when a person
becomes a victim of bullies. Suicide and violence has risen in schools because of children being
bullied. Adolescent children are among the highest at risk for bullying. What are the risk factors
for bullying? Is one type of person more likely to be bullied? What are the schools doing to
protect children from becoming a victim?
Bullying is a form of intimidation ( Baldry, 2010, Farrington, 2010 ): A bully may use force or
coercion to gain what they want from a weaker person. This is their way to establish superiority
over an individual. Bullying has been around for many years. Today, it has become a serious
issue for children in schools and on the internet. According to ( Roberts,2010, Harlow, 2010 )
bullying was more common in children who were less physically attractive, overweight, and had
disability problems such as sight, hearing, or speech deficits.
There are different types of bullying verbal taunting, physical assaults and exclusion. Some signs
That a teacher or parent can look for to identify a child who is a bully may be aggression towards
other’s, has little empathy, easily frustrated, and views violence as a positive way to solve
problems. Some signs that a child is a victim of bullying may be fear of going to school, signs
of depression, withdrawn, and signs of physical altercations such as bruises, and or scrapes.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics report shows that middle school and
elementary school children are bullied more than high school children.
According to the Table below done at a Baltimore City public school, shows the number of
students who were bullied or know someone who is a bully.
Table I Percentage of Students who are bullied daily
|Students verbally assaulted daily |70% | |Students who are threatened daily |60% | |Students who know a bully |80% | |Students who are the bully |30% |
Bullying has been around for as long as anyone can remember. Not only
do schools need to try to find a way to stop bullying but, in recent years the schools are seeing an
increase in cyber-bullying among adolescents. Cyber-bullying is, the modern communication
technologies to embarrass, humiliate, threaten, or intimidate an individual to attempt gain power
and control over them ( Stutzky, 2006 ). Cyber-bullying has become has become an increasing
problem in schools today. I believe that this form of bullying is more severe and has much worse
Everyday the media writes stories of children who have become victims of cyber-
bullying. In 2006 statistics showed that 75 to 80 percent of 12 to 14 year olds had been cyber
bullied ( Meech, 2008 ). Because of the use of modern technology this type of bullying can be
done without being face to face. The use of computers today by children to cyber-bully makes it
harder for authorities to pinpoint who is posting negative messages toward another person. A
person who bullies on-line can send text messages, and photos. Cyber-bulling can spread
through the internet fast and damage a persons reputation. Most times children who are
being cyber-bullied do not report it to their parents or an adult. Children are taught that home is
where you feel safe, when an individual is being cyber-bullied they don’t have that feeling of safety.
Parents need to look for signs if they feel their child is being cyber-bullied. Some signs
may be depression, becoming withdrawn, a decline in school activities, and how they may
view themselves. One of...
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