The Effects of Bullying on Children
Bullying is a serious problem that is present in our world today. There are many reasons why kids bully other kids, ranging anywhere from “just for fun”, to having low self-esteem, or a rough home life. More than half of the population has been or will be bullied sometime during their school-age life. The effects of bullying on children can cause social isolation or even suicide.
Bullying is an aggressive behavior where one or more children intimidate, harm or harass another child. The victim is perceived by the bullies to be weak and unable to defend his or her self. The victim feels as if he or she cannot retaliate to the aggressive behaviors and senses the bullies to be more powerful. There are many reasons why children bully other children. Typically it starts at home. In Jenney Cheever’s article online she states, “Children who lack adult supervision or who are abused at home are more likely to become bullies.” If a child comes from an unaffectionate or inefficiently supervised home, he or she is more likely to become a bully. Children whom have been abused or neglected are also more likely to push others around. Other reasons for bullying include having low self-esteem/self-confidence, or having a need to feel dominant and powerful.
There are four main types of bullying on school-aged children. The first is physical, which includes physical violence and destruction of property. Next is verbal, this is the most common type of bullying, which includes any type of verbal harassment like name-calling, insults, sexual, homophobic, or racial remarks, or abusive language. An online database for bullying states “Verbal bullying is the most frequent from of bullying, and can involve negative language that is sexual in nature… Sometimes, refers to another person’s actual or perceived sexual orientation” (“Teenage Bullying”). The third form of bullying is cyber bullying, which is becoming more common now that the...
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