just one word can sting so much
What Is Bullying?
According to http://www.stopbullying.gov/what-is-bullying/definition/, "Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems. "
Any form of bullying can result in:
- Suicidal thoughts
- High levels of depression
- Excessive consumption of alcohol
- Deliberate violation of traffic rules
- Carrying of dangerous weapons even to school
- Unrealistic aggressiveness
- It becomes hard for them to control their emotions
- Regular involvement in crimes (http://nobullying.com/interesting-verbal-bullying-facts/)
There are four main types of bullying.
According to dictionary.com, the definition of cyberbullying is: "The act of harassing someone online by sending or posting mean messages, usually anonymously."
Cyberbullying can include:
- Abusive or hurtful texts emails or posts, images or videos
- Deliberately excluding others online
- Nasty gossip or rumours
- Imitating others online or using their log-in. (http://www.ncab.org.au/parents/typesofbullying/)
* 68% of teens agree that cyber bullying is a serious problem. (https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-cyber-bullying)
* 70% of students report seeing frequent bullying online. Filling up your friends' Facebook feeds with positive posts instead of negative ones can boost school-wide morale. Start a Facebook page for students to submit positive acts they see in school to promote a culture of positivity on and offline. (https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-cyber-bullying)
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There's a movie on Netflix about a girl who becomes the victim of cyberbullying. The above image is from the movie. The movie is called "Cyberbully," and you should check it out!
Physical bullying can include:
- Physical harm induced on a student by another student or a group
- The damage of a student's property (http://www.ncab.org.au/parents/typesofbullying/)
* "Over 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year."(https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-bullying)
* "1 in 4 teachers see nothing wrong with bullying and will only intervene 4% of the time." (https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-bullying)
* Physical bullying increases in elementary school, and peaks in middle school. (https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-bullying)
COVERT OR HIDDEN BULLYING
Covert or hidden bullying can include:
- lying and spreading rumours
- negative facial or physical gestures, menacing or contemptuous looks
- playing nasty jokes to embarrass and humiliate
- mimicking unkindly
- encouraging others to socially exclude someone ( http://ohssob.weebly.com/hidden-bullying.html)
* The majority of students (61%) who had been bullied in any way had also experienced covert bullying (either on its own or in conjunction with overt bullying). Of students who had experienced covert bullying, 60% had also been teased in ‘nasty’ ways, 24% had been physically hurt, and 13% had been sent nasty messages on the internet. Slightly over half (53%) of students who said that they bullied others had engaged in covert bullying. (http://docs.education.gov.au/system/files/doc/other/australian_covert_bullying_prevalence_study_executive_summary.pdf)
* One in six students (16%) reported being bullied covertly every few weeks or more often in the term the survey was conducted." (http://docs.education.gov.au/system/files/doc/other/australian_covert_bullying_prevalence_study_executive_summary.pdf)
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Verbal bullying can include:
- Inappropriate sexual comments
- Threatening to cause harm (http://ohssob.weebly.com/verbal-bullying.html)
"A survey in 2009 found that 9 out of every 10 LGBT students reported experiencing verbal harassment in the previous school year, because of their sexual orientation" (nobullying.com)
* "Physical bullying increases in elementary school, peaks in middle school and declines in high school. Verbal abuse, on the other hand, remains constant."(https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-bullying)
TAKE A STAND !
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