Bullying has gone too far, but we can end it now!
What is bullying? (definition)
What are the symptoms?
What are the effects, or consequences?
Summary of Research
Bullying is bad and it needs to stop. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services states, “bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior, which is consistent and repeats over time.” Create identity safe environments will help keep children safe and reduces chances of bullying. Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others. The use of power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people. Anonymous shows that, “when you are bullied, tell the person to stop, get away from the situation, and tell a trusted adult.” There are many different reasons why people may bully. Richland School District states, “some of the reasons why people may bully are lack of warmth or attention at home, modeling of aggressive behavior at home, active impulsive personality, lack of empathy from others, etc.” Richland also states, “Bullying is a LOSS experience, LOSS of safety, LOSS of self-esteem, LOSS of belonging, LOSS of control over their own life.” So clearly bullying is going too far; everyone needs to help save people from getting bullied.