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Some of his classmates revealed that he was a victim of bullying for years. Some said that they saw it coming but did not expect it to be that far. Another victim, another life was lost because of bullying. Bullying has been a social issue that concerns all people from different walks of life. It has a number of reasons as well as effects. Various experts have conducted studies and wrote manuscripts about it. Over the years, more and more people have become aware about the matter. Indeed, bullying is a serious social concern that needs to be appropriately addressed by each sector and individual. There is no single definition of bullying. Several authors have explained it in various ways. Nonetheless, the definitions boil down to similar factors such as physical, verbal, and psychological behaviors (De Voe, and Chandler 1). It is the employment of force, abuse, or intimidation. Bullying can take in different forms like hitting, sarcastic comments, and insulting gestures. Few countries have policies regarding it. Nonetheless, there are already passed bills in the United States. This kind of violence is quite common than what people usually think (Romain 90). Evidences have shown that more than a few children have been targets of bullies. From childhood, this continues to affect teenagers, and even adults in the workplace. According to the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, 20% of students in grade school suffered from bullying. Furthermore, the National Youth Violence Prevention Resources Center stated that around 25% of American students get bullied. The students having immoderate attributes such as homosexuality and obesity have higher risks of being victims. There are many factors attributing to the occurrence of bullying. These can be social issues, family factors, personal history, or provocative targets. For example, much of social recognition comes from having power or authority. In order for others to sense one’s supremacy, abuse is sometimes being utilized. Homes that do not foster respect and acceptance are likely to produce children who are not empathetic. This leads to selfish and insensitive behaviors. Researches have also revealed that people who have personally suffered from bullying are likely to bully others as well. Furthermore, there are certain people who can be really annoying for some. This kind of characteristic makes others goaded to abuse or intimidate. There are certain motives why some people become violent and demean others. Mostly, children bully because they want to ascertain their social status. They want to be perceived as “cool” or popular. This is affected by the social constructs that afflict the community. Those who appear bossy and insensitive are regarded positively by many. Another probable factor is the presence of role models. Some become bullies because of social learning. They want the recognition or reinforcements that other bullies have had. Moreover, violence in mass media has greatly affected young mind sets. More and more characters are being portrayed to be terrorized. Also, the mere show of violence in the contents of the films influences viewers to be likewise aggressive in their dealings with the people around them. Bullying affects an individual’s physical, social and mental, and emotional aspects. Due to the pressures involved, victims experience depression and angst (Coloroso 53). Related are emotions of sadness and seclusion. If not intervened, these negative feelings may persist until adulthood. Furthermore, a person’s sense of self lessens due to a negative concept brought about by the oppression that he has
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Bullying occurs in many forms in our society. In schools, societies, families and workplaces, bullying occur physically, verbally or emotionally. School bullying seems to be the most dangerous one since teenagers may not have the necessary mental power to tolerate disturbing experiences.
It is an activity used in schools for getting some psychological pleasure at the expense of others. According to a recent statistics, “1 in 2 students experience occasional bullying during any school term. Moreover, 1 in 4 students in primary school are bullied more than once or twice at least in any term”(Statistics on Bullying).
However, it does not have to be a pattern, nor does it needs to be distinctive. Indeed many will be victims of bullying without awareness of the fact. A similar scenario can be true of the bullies as well. This paper will discuss bullying at its various levels and types and the modern forms of bullying namely, cyber bullying.
It has become a virtually indispensable tool in education, entertainment, government, and business world (Willard, 2007). While it has become critical in the daily lives of adults, the internet has also become a major part of the children’s lives. Children use the internet for education purposes, online communication and social networking.
When they were finished, they shot themselves. The high school was Columbine in Littleton, Colorado and Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris wrote in journals that they had been bullied and this was the reason that they went on the shooting spree. Since that time, there have been more school shootings and more suicides for one reason or another, and many of them were the result of children being bullied over time Klomek, Sourander, & Gould, 2010).
In its extreme cases, it can push the victims to the youths to become suicidal, and still; in other extreme cases, the bullying can get out of hand and end up with the situation where the victims are murdered by the bullies. Bullying is also a major problem for teachers and parents, because stopping it can be extremely delicate – especially to the victims of bullying.
Particularly, bullying a dilemma in which individuals perform certain violent and/or unethical behavior that results in harmful effects on other individuals. Although bullying does not always involve the purpose of causing harm to other person and may also involve the notion of cracking a joke but it always results in causing embarrassment of an individual and/or individuals in front of others.
Since childhood is the most vulnerable period in anyone’s life, due to the newness of the real world, the most impact is made by the experiences of this phase. Where positive experience are ideal for a healthy psychological development, negative experiences lead to severe damaging psychological affects in a child’s life when he steps into adolescent age and it is cemented in his adulthood.