Stop bullying, heal a heart

What is Bullying?

Bullying is repetitive aggressive behavior that is meant to hurt another person. There is a power imbalance that gives the bully more power than their victims. Their power comes strength, physical size, status (popularity), and peer pressure.

Types of Bullying

There are many types of bullying such as:

Cyberbullying: Bullying using social networks on the Internet.

Physical Bullying: Any physical repetitive contact such as punching, kicking, and pushing. 30.5 % of all bullying is physical in elementary schools.

Verbal Bullying: Name calling, offensive remarks, and joking about someones religion are examples of verbal bullying. 46.5% of all bullying in schools is the verbal type.

Indirect Bullying: Telling rumors or stories, and or spreading secrets.

Intimidation: When a bully threatens the victim to make him/her do what the bully wants.

Who does bullying affect?

Bullying affects people all over the world. There are different roles in bullying such as:

The Bully: The one who is bullying the victim. The bully tends to dislike school, get into fights, vandalize property, and engage in violent behavior.

Victim: The one who is being bullied by the bully. There are many negative effects from repetitive bullying. Short term effects include:

  • Feeling disconnected other kids and school
  • Lacking friendships
  • Nightmares

Long term effects:

  • Low self esteem
  • Depression, loneliness, and isolation
  • Self abuse
  • In extreme cases, suicide

Bystanders: One or more people that witness the bullying happening. Often they will feel fearful or powerless to help, and guilty for not helping. They are the ones who can make a difference and help, or join in and become a bully themselves.

YOU can make a difference by:

  • treating everyone with respect
  • standing up for others
  • always reporting bullying that you see to someone you trust
  • being careful what you post online and keeping your password information private
  • getting involved in education and prevention of bullying

What does bullying do?

Here is an example of a victim of years of bullying.

Jonah Mowry: 'Whats goin on..'
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Bullying in Canada

Who knew that one out of 4 kids are bullies, and one out of 5 kids bully other kids. Over 282,000 high school kids are attacked each month nationally. Canada had the 9th highest rate of bullying in 13 year olds. 40% of Canadian workers experience bullying on a weekly bases.

How You Can Help Stop Bullying

There are many ways you can help to stop bullying.

  • Don't be a bystander. Get involved and tell someone. Talk to a parent, teacher, or adult you trust.
  • If you have the urge to bully someone, find something else to do. Watch TV, talk a friend, or play a video game. Figure out what you are really angry about.
  • Talk to a victim. Invite them to a party, sit with them at lunch, just hang out with them and be their friend. Let them know they are not alone.
  • Write a letter to your local newspaper, tweet, or write a blog.

By: Evan Beri and Justin Stanislaus