Bullying Inthe past years, bullying has attracted a lot of attention because of how commonit is. Bullying is abuse and mistreatment of someone vulnerable by someonestronger, more powerful typically to force him or her to do what one wants. Itcan be aggressive behavior intended to hurt another person, physically ormentally. The problem today has been repeated and occurs in places like schools,workplaces, and social media.
Bullying can start at a very young age with biting, pinching andscratching. It gets worse, it turns into teasing, taunting and glaring, it followsas kids get older, and they start shoving, fighting and pestering. Boys generallythreaten fight, name call, and steal. Girls generally exclude others, gossip,and undermine friendships.
Bullying can ruin a person’schildhood psychologically, as bullying lends to change a person’s perspectiveof themselves. It can ruin a person’s health and well-being. Bullying canaffect physical and emotional health, both in the short term and later in life.It can lead to physical injury such as black eyes, nose bleeds, bruises.
It canalso lead to social problems, they start to become antisocial and they startisolating themselves. That leads to emotional problems such as depression andthey start to suffer from anxiety. This all can lead to suicide, which plays ahuge role in bullying. Bullied victims are 7 to 9 per cent more likely toconsider suicide according to a study by Yale University (Health). Bullyinghas caused awareness all around the world to prevent situations like suicideand to help kids feel comfortable around their surroundings. People have spreadawareness through workshops, shows, movies, or they’ll have speakers come toschools to teach kids on bullying and why it’s wrong. A very influential showthat sends awareness all across the world is 13 Reasons Why.
This show is abouta girl Hannah Baker who is bullied constantly, lies were spread around to ruin herselfimage, kids would constantly make fun of her until one day she decided to slitboth her wrists in her bathrooms tub. After that her school became very dull,people started to become cautious of what they did but nobody liked to speak ofthe situation but it was unavoidable. The show gives a clear point thatbullying is wrong and though you might say something as a joke, the person maytake great offense to it and so you should watch what you say and do, becauseit can have a huge impact on someone else’s life. Bullyingcan come in many different ways. As stated before physical bullying can startas young as 3 years old with biting, pinching and scratching. It gets worse, itturns into teasing, taunting and glaring, it follows as kids get older, andthey start shoving, fighting and pestering. Physical bullying can have a dreadfulending and that’s why it must be stopped quickly. Anotherway of bullying which is very popular is verbal bullying.
Verbal bullying canrepresent many forms name calling, threats, taunts, and exclusion. Verbalbullying can affect a person’s self-esteem, self-image, and it can also lead todepression. Verbal bullying canaggravate problems that a victim may already be experiencing at home or inother places.
Sometimes verbal bullying can reach a point where the victim isso depressed, and wants to escape so badly, that they may turn to substanceabuse. Social bullying is another type ofbully. Social bullying sometimes referred to as relational bullying, involveshurting someone’s reputation or relationships.
Social bullying involves leavingsomeone out on purpose, telling other children not to be friends with someone,spreading rumors about someone, and embarrassing someone in public. “Socialbullying can be proactive, or used to achieve or maintain social position, gainattention, or alleviate boredom, or it can be reactive, or retaliatory, innature, in response to a perceived threat or to feelings of anger, jealousy, orbetrayal” (Young, Boye, & Nelson). The fourth type ofbullying is cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is using electronic devices, such ascell phones, computers, and tablets, or other communication tools, includingsocial media sites, text messages, chat rooms, and websites. Cyberbullying canbe extremely damaging to targeted students because of the opportunity forhurtful content to be broadcast to large audiences. Additionally, the physical andemotional distance between those who bully online and those who are targetedcan make cyberbullying attacks crueler in nature.
While all states have criminal lawsthat apply to bullying, not all have special statutes that apply tocyberbullying or bullying that takes place outside of school. Schools may takeaction either as required by law, or with local or school policies that allowthem to discipline or take other action. Some states also have provisions toaddress bullying if it affects school performance.Thereare many ways to stop bullying before it starts and after it’s been going onfor a while. You can help kids understand bullying. Talk to them about bullyingand how to stand up to it safely.
Teaching them that its unacceptable will makethem not do it, and teach them how to get help. You can always ask them how arethey doing and if anything is bothering them. When you get close to kids andthey start to get comfortable they will tell you everything. You can alsoencourage kids to do what they love. Showing kids that they shouldn’t letanybody bring them down and showing them that the skies the limit willconfidently not let anyone ruin their mood. Model how to treat others, showthem that you should respect and be kind to everyone. Kids learn from adult’sactions. Demonstrating that we show everyone respect and love will teach thekids that there is no room for bullying and being mean.
If you see something, don’tstay quite because chances are the victim is in need of help but are too scaredto speak up.