Are you part of the problem or part of the solution?
By: Marquisha Anty
- 1 out of 4 (22%) teens are bullied.
- 8% of students stay home on any given day because they're afraid of being bullied.
- Playground statistics:
- Every 7 minutes, a child is bullied.
- Adult Intervention: 4%
- Peer Intervention: 11%
- No intervention: 85%
~Different Types of Bullying~
- Saying or writing mean things
- Includes: teasing, name-calling, inappropriate sexual comments, taunting, and threats
This type of bullying can lead to low self-esteem, as well as depression and other problems. In some cases, verbal bullying can reach a point where the victim may turn to substance abuse or - in extreme cases - suicide.
- Involves hurting a person's body or possessions
- Includes: hitting/kicking, pushing, taking or breaking someone's things, and making mean or rude hand gestures
- Physical bullying may also cross the line into sexual harassment or sexual assault.
This is an age where young people want more to fit in with their peers, making some students more likely to bully or condone bullying to fit in, while those who don't fit in stand out more as victims.
Winona Ryder (Actress)
Played in The Crucible, Beetlejuice, and Homefront
- Sometimes referred to as relational bullying, involves hurting someone's reputation or relationships
- Includes: leaving someone out on purpose, telling others not to be friends with someone, rumors, and embarrassing someone in public
The effects of social bullying in a school setting can be quite extensive and often severe. Cliques and peer groups will often attack one another or members of other groups to make themselves look more powerful and in control.
- Includes: text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles.
In most instances, cyberbullying doesn't start online, but in person. Some of the signs of cyber bullying could be not wanting to go to school, a sharp drop in grades and performance, skipping school, sudden self-esteem issues, complaints of illness, or use of alcohol or drugs.
~Famous Cyberbullying Case~
Todd had posted a video on YouTube in which she used a series of flash cards to tell her experience of being blackmailed into exposing herself topless via webcam; bullied; and physically assaulted. The video went viral after her death, resulting in international media attention.
This case can also be represented on social bullying, physical bullying, and verbal bullying.
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