Topic: Compare and contrast bullying and peer pressure.
Thesis: Bullying and peer pressure are comparable in terms of its consequences, benefits, drawbacks and prevention strategies.
Bullying and peer pressure are different in terms of its consequences 2
Benefits vary in bullying and peer pressure
Bullying and peer pressure also differ in terms of its drawbacks. 4
Prevention strategies are similar with bullying and peer pressure.
The overwhelming bullying and peer pressure in today’s society has put a heavy toll on our children’s mental and physical well being. It not only affects children bur people of different ages, and it is of importance to them because the choices made when dealing with both issues influences their success or failure of the future. Bullying can be defined as a direct threat of physical or emotional harm for not doing something and it is repeated over time by the same person. On the other hand peer pressure is when one feels the need to change how they act to be accepted by another individual or group. (Tarshis Paul Thomas pg 9) Bullying and peer pressure are comparable in terms of consequences, benefits, drawbacks and prevention strategies. Bullying and peer pressure are different in terms of its consequences. Some people think bullying and peer pressure are just part of growing up and a way for young people to learn to stick up for themselves. But both issues tend to make people distress and can make them feel unsafe and think there must be something wrong with them. People also lose confidence and self esteem. Bullying can have long term physical and psychological consequences which include withdrawal from family and school activities, wanting to be left alone and more serious concerns such as suicide and a decrease in mental health. However with peer pressure, it has both good and bad consequences, with bad being of a higher percentage. Teenagers and young adults are the ones who face peer pressure the most in today’s society. They are influenced to do illegal things such drinking, smoking, crime, even bullying and engaging themselves in unprotected sexual activity which leads to the spread of sexuality transmitted diseases. Benefits vary in bullying and peer pressure. Bullying and peer pressure is not always a bad thing. We all are influenced by our peers both negatively and positively. It helps define who we are and how we feel about situations in our lives. It is how we chose to react to bullying and peer pressure that defines who we are as an individual. Bullying has many benefits in which the bully stands up for what and who they are. Dr. Demartini once said if people do not empower him/herself, the bully will keep coming in to toughen them up, to make them stronger and the bully is seen to be the hero since he is actually helping to empower the individual. However in comparison to peer pressure, peers have a profanely positive influence on each other, and this can be a positive aspect in our everyday life. Positive peer pressure is when a person is being pushed into something that they did not have the courage to do. It is seen important, if not essential, for social development. We learn by socialising with our peers and seeing what is normal in everyday life and helps one to make right choices. Positive peer pressure helps to get rid of the problem of bullying Bullying and peer pressure also differ in terms of its drawbacks. Bullying and peer pressure can have many disadvantages on individuals. If one see or know of others been bullied and pressured they tend to feel angry, fearful, guilty, and sad. Bullying is the most common form of violence in our society; between 15% and 30% of students are bullies or victims. (Chrysalis). Every day thousands of teens wake up afraid to go to school. Guys and girls who are bullied may find...
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