Bullying

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Summary

  • 56% of students have personally witnessed some type of bullying at school. Bullying is a problem you have probably experienced or seen happen. It is something that is so common, people don’t think as much of it as they should. Bullying is a major problem. Some cases of bullying are more mild than others. Some cases can be so bad that they result in someone making a bad decision, or someone hurting themselves, someone else, etc. Bullying is also a very common cause of suicide. Researchers from the American Psychological Association have said that “Bullying is a form of aggressive behavior in which someone intentionally and repeatedly causes another person injury or discomfort. Bullying can take the form of physical contact, words or more subtle actions. The bullied individual typically has trouble defending him or herself and does nothing to “cause” the bullying” Bullying is usually caused because the bully wants attention, power, is having trouble in their personal life, etc. They choose to take it out on someone else/ blame someone else. Bullies can also influence and change the life of another individual. Researchers from StopBullying.gov have found that there can be dramatic physical and emotional effects of bullying including: “Increased feelings of sadness and loneliness, changes in sleep and eating patterns, and loss of interest in activities they used to enjoy, have increased use of tobacco, alcohol, or other drugs, Have increased mental health problems, including depression and anxiety, and Missing or skipping school.” Bullying is a serious, common issue that needs to stop.

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Positive Plan

If we were to stop bullying:

  • It would decrease the chance of someone having depression or anxiety

  • It would save lives

  • It would change lives

  • It would make school a better place

Negative Plan

Bullying can:

  • Change lives

  • Hurt people, physically and emotionally

  • increase the chance of someone having depression or anxiety

  • Create a negative image on the victim and the bully.

Links

"Stopbullying.gov"

Last updated: 2012

Last accessed: 5/3/15

http://www.stopbullying.gov/at-risk/effects/index.html
"American Psychological Association: Bullying"

Last updated: 2015

Last accessed: 5/3/15

http://www.apa.org/topics/bullying/

"Causes and Effects of Bullying"

Last updated: 2011

Last accessed: 5/3/15

http://umshw.usd116.org/groups/stellarbullyproject/wiki/542c3/Causes_and_Effects_of_Bullying.html

"10 Steps to Stop and Prevent Bullying"

Last updated: 2015

Last accessed: 5/3/15

http://www.nea.org/home/51629.htm

"Bullying Info and Facts"

Last updated: 2015

Last accessed: 5/4/15

http://www.pacer.org/bullying/resources/info-facts.asp