Bullying in the simplest and most basic sense refers to the cruel demeanor and overbearing behavior directed to weaker or smaller persons with the aim of intimidating and threatening them (Einarsen et al, 4). …
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In the context of schools, it encompasses the uncalled for aggression directed towards the weaker students by the seemingly big and stronger students. In the recent past, there has been an increase in public reaction by the American concerning the question of bullying schools. This was occasioned by the fact that bullying traumatizing students to the extent where they would not wish to attend school any more. Therefore, it is prudent and imperative for the society as a whole to face and tackle the problem of bullying once and for all.
There are different types of intimidation, harassment or bullying namely physical, emotional and verbal bullying. Physical bullying includes instances when the bully hit the other student, verbal bullying is when a person bad mouths another with the intention of hurting them (Einarsen et al, 9). Emotional bullying on its part is where the bully discriminates and marginalizes another person on the basis of any narrow societal definition such negative stereotypes, race amongst others. Conventionally, one would expect that students are the bullies against fellow students, however, the reality is a lot different. Parents and teachers are equally culpable of being bullies. At the long end, the younger person being bullied becomes hurt and would have a lower self-esteem since the people who are expected to offer solace turn out to be bullies themselves.
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It meant that one out of three students in the 5 United States have experienced some sort of bullying. Bullying is defined as “a form of 6 aggression in which one or more students physically and/or psychologically (and more 7 recently, sexually) harass another student repeatedly over a period of time. Typically, the 8 action is unprovoked and the bully is perceived as stronger than the victim” (Batsche and 9 Knoff).
Moreover, several teachers have mentioned the behaviors are “repeated” , that some children tend to have a proclivity for this type of bullying behavior, while occasionally it seems more accidnetal/unthinking and will stop when addressed.. When asking “what obstacle you have encountered when dealing with bullying?
School intervention systems typically involve heightening the awareness of teachers, parents and children, publishing anti-bullying policies and ensuring that bully is presented as a serious matter and as such incorporated into the school’s curriculum
children in grades 6 through 10 can be identified as bullies. This study found that 10.6% of students reported bullying others "sometimes" (moderate bullying) and 8.8% admitted to bullying others "once a week" or more (frequent bullying). Bullying occurs most frequently from 6th to 8th grade, with little variation seen between urban, suburban, and rural areas (Safe Schools Project) (See appendix for more details) “Bullying can be defined as the use of one's strength or status to intimidate, injure, or humiliate another person of lesser strength or status” (Safe Schools Project).
In most cases, these aggressive and coercive behaviors, referred to as bullying, are quite habitual and are a result of power imbalances between a bully and the bullied. There are several forms of bullying that may be observed at school including physical, verbal, and psychological assault or harassments.
The advent of internet led to social networking which has rapidly grown in the recent past. Many social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace, twitter, Fraudster provide an interface, which links people from various parts of the world (Kalpidou, Costin & Morris, 2008).
Essentially, bullying is an aggressive behavior that arises out of power imbalance with the perpetrator often intending to cause harm to their victims repeatedly (Srivastava, Gamble, & Boey, 2013). While it is true that bullying happens in most aspects of life ranging from the workplace, prisons, and even homes, perhaps it is important to note that it is also a serious concern in schools (Twemlow and Sacco, 2013).
When a child forces another to do his or her bidding, we call it extortion; when an adult does the same thing to a child, it is called correction. When a student hits another student it is assault; when a teacher hits a student it is for the child's 'own good'.