Bullying

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LP3.2 Assignment: Draft #1
07/10/2014

Bullying is a serious problem in homes, schools and communities. Often dismissed as an adolescent “rite of passage,” research clearly indicates bullying is learned behavior and detrimental to the academic, physical, social and emotional development of all involved the bullies, targets and the bystanders who witness it. Bullying is not only a problem of youth but is one that spans all ages. Despite volumes of research, countless “anti-bullying” programs and increased scrutiny by the media, bullying continues to pervade our culture and our schools. It is a complex social issue requiring determination, leadership and courage to address. Although it is a difficult challenge, it cannot be ignored. A wave of recent bullying incidents with tragic outcomes has shed a renewed light on this issue. The advent of technology allowing for impulsive, anonymous and rapid communication, has expanded the opportunities for bullying to a degree that necessitates more innovative and immediate responses than ever before in society. Bullying is a form of aggressive behavior manifested by the use of force or coercion to affect others, particularly when the behavior is habitual and involves an imbalance of power. It can include verbal harassment, physical assault or coercion and may be directed repeatedly towards particular victims, perhaps on grounds of race, religion, gender, sexuality, or ability.  Bullying can take place in or out of school and in person or through other means of communication. When it occurs online, in, for example, emails, text messages, or in posts on websites (Facebook or Twitter), it is referred to as cyberbullying. Bullying can be verbal or physical, and when physical, it can be directed against a person, a person's property, or be used to intimidate, rather than inflict damage to the person or his or her property. Verbal bullying can include name-calling, threatening, or teasing someone, or making obscene remarks or spreading rumors about someone. Bullying can be peer-to-peer, or be done by younger people to older people or vice versa. Bullying in its various forms is one of the new emerging problems that many children and teenagers have to face daily at school or while practicing extracurricular activities away from their parents’ view and protection.   Bullying is becoming an increasingly important problem for parents, school administrators and teachers, and it affects our society at large. Bullying is not only physical, but it can also disrupt a person’s emotional life through mobbing and cyber bullying which is its worst form. In fact, cyber bullying is a terrible weapon that can destroy someone’s reputation and life for good in no time.  Bullying can affect our emotions which lead to suicide. The effects of bullying can be serious and even fatal. Bullying leads to several suicides every year. It is estimated that between 15 and 25 children commit suicide every year. Fear can be a one of the effects that bullying can give.   For example, a person being bullied will suddenly change, both mentally and physically. Bullying can happen anywhere. Many children and teens are regular victims of bullying, which can lead to serious emotional scarring and problems with the victim's self-esteem and self-image. Correcting these behaviors before they start or get out of hand are important for parents and educators to keep in mind.

There are many different types of bullying that some may not realize they may be doing and could hurt others in doing so. There are many types of negative physical interactions that can occur between young people, including fighting, practical jokes, stealing, and sexual harassment.  Physical bullying can take form by hitting, pushing, tripping, slapping, or stealing personal possessions. Emotional bullying can have negative effects on a person's mental health. Victims often feel shame, guilt, embarrassment and fear. These effects of emotional bullying...
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