Traditional Bullying Vs

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Bullying has been an extreme issue all around the world for hundreds of years, and since modern technology has advanced, so has cyber bullying. “‘Gimme’ your lunch money” has turned into texting and posting gruesome threats and embarrassing material all over social media. Millions of kids all over the world have taken their own lives due to the harmful effects of cyber bullying. Problems that cannot be resolved independently are brought to court, and the government has become increasingly involved in banning cyber bullying across the nation. Many young adults (mostly girls) have been tried and convicted of cyber bullying. The United States is making efforts to stop cyber bullying by creating laws against it. The issue of cyber bullying has taken the entire world by storm. Every day, more people are seeing the effects of cyber bullying in their everyday lives, and more people are reaching out to put an end to cyber bullying.

Bullying is an unwanted and aggressive action and/or behavior that affects millions of children and teenagers that involves a real or perceived power imbalance that is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time (“What is Bullying” n. pg). Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose. There are four major types of bullying: cyber bullying, verbal bullying, social bullying, and physical bullying (“The Issue of Bullying” n. pg).

Cyber bulling is when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies, more specifically, mobile phones. Many cyber bullies think that bullying others online is funny, for cyber bullies may not realize the consequences of bullying someone online. Children have killed each other and committed suicide after having been involved in a cyber bullying incident (“What is Cyberbullying Exactly?” n. pg).

“Verbal bullying is saying or writing vicious things that include: teasing, name-calling, inappropriate sexual comments, taunting, or threatening to cause harm” (“What is Bullying” n. pg).

In addition, social bullying is referred to as “relational bullying”, that involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationships. Social bullying includes: leaving someone out on purpose, telling other children not to be friends with someone, spreading rumors about someone, or embarrassing someone in public (“What is Bullying” n. pg). Sometimes, social bullying can lead to physical bullying.

Physical bullying involves hurting a person’s body or possessions. Physical bullying includes: hitting/kicking/pinching, spitting, tripping/pushing, taking or breaking someone’s things, or making mean or rude hand gestures (“What is Bullying” n. pg).1 of every 7 students from kindergarten to grade 12 has been a bully or has been bullied. 90% of victims admitted that they suffered negative side effects. Among them are: significant drop in grades, addiction to drugs and/or alcohol, increase in depression, increase in anxiety, loss of friend, and loss of social life (“Bullying Statistics” n. pg). “..Up to 43% of students have been bullied while online. 1 in 4 have had it happen more than once” (The Issue of Bullying n. pg).

There are therefore two main reasons why bullying is significant. The first one is the prevalence of the problem…[A]t least 68% of all school age children had been bullied at least once, 38% had been bullied at least twice while 8% were affected by bullying to the extent of thinking about committing suicide, running away or being chronically ill…The second significance of bullying is in its effect. Professor Pearce, a Child Psychiatrist, states…’[B]ullying does matter as it is connected to other and later acts of violence such as vandalism, hooliganism and domestic violence. He points out that aggressive...
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