Bullying and Social Networking Sites

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Bullying

Have you ever been called "ugly"? Have you ever been called "Fat"? Has someone made you feel totally insecure about your appearance?  Everyone in this room has probably been bullied at least once in their life. It’s not the best feeling is it? It makes you feel insecure, humiliated and very uncomfortable. It has the power to destroy lives, mentally and physically.  Studies have showed that 1 out of 6 students are harassed or bullied at least once a week in UK schools. An alarming fact is that 40% of suicide victims had been bullied at school. 

Bullying behaviour is no longer confined to the classroom, or playground but throughout adulthood as well. ‘Bullying behaviour can be communicated via text, mobile phones, internet, social networking sites and so on.  There are many types of bullying, you may think calling someone a nasty name is what bullying is all about but there is more to bullying.

Physical Bullying: is being hit, kicked, or tripped
Verbal Bullying is being called names, teased, put downs, and insults  Psychological bullying is being threatened, stalked or manipulated Social bullying is being ignored, having rumours spread about you, or telling lies about you.  Sexual bullying is unwanted touching or brushing against someone, picking on someone because of their sexual preference. Cyber bullying is, insulting someone in chat rooms, sending cruel or threatening emails, text messages, or spreading rumours using mobile phones. 

Bullying is a serious problem in our society today. Victims are not the problem, the bullies are. So why do bullies bully? 

There are a lot of reasons why some people bully. They may see it as a way of being popular, or making themselves look tough and in charge. Some people bully to get attention, or to make other people afraid of them. Others might be jealous of the person they are bullying. They may be being bullied themselves. Some bullies don't understand how damaging their behaviour is and how it...
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