Bullying University (Health). Bullying has caused awareness all around

Bullying

            In
the past years, bullying has attracted a lot of attention because of how common
it is. Bullying is abuse and mistreatment of someone vulnerable by someone
stronger, more powerful typically to force him or her to do what one wants. It
can be aggressive behavior intended to hurt another person, physically or
mentally. The problem today has been repeated and occurs in places like schools,
workplaces, and social media. Bullying can start at a very young age with biting, pinching and
scratching. It gets worse, it turns into teasing, taunting and glaring, it follows
as kids get older, and they start shoving, fighting and pestering. Boys generally
threaten fight, name call, and steal. Girls generally exclude others, gossip,
and undermine friendships.

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Bullying can ruin a person’s
childhood psychologically, as bullying lends to change a person’s perspective
of themselves. It can ruin a person’s health and well-being. Bullying can
affect physical and emotional health, both in the short term and later in life.
It can lead to physical injury such as black eyes, nose bleeds, bruises. It can
also lead to social problems, they start to become antisocial and they start
isolating themselves. That leads to emotional problems such as depression and
they start to suffer from anxiety. This all can lead to suicide, which plays a
huge role in bullying. Bullied victims are 7 to 9 per cent more likely to
consider suicide according to a study by Yale University (Health).

            Bullying
has caused awareness all around the world to prevent situations like suicide
and to help kids feel comfortable around their surroundings. People have spread
awareness through workshops, shows, movies, or they’ll have speakers come to
schools to teach kids on bullying and why it’s wrong. A very influential show
that sends awareness all across the world is 13 Reasons Why. This show is about
a girl Hannah Baker who is bullied constantly, lies were spread around to ruin herself
image, kids would constantly make fun of her until one day she decided to slit
both her wrists in her bathrooms tub. After that her school became very dull,
people started to become cautious of what they did but nobody liked to speak of
the situation but it was unavoidable. The show gives a clear point that
bullying is wrong and though you might say something as a joke, the person may
take great offense to it and so you should watch what you say and do, because
it can have a huge impact on someone else’s life.

            Bullying
can come in many different ways. As stated before physical bullying can start
as young as 3 years old with biting, pinching and scratching. It gets worse, it
turns into teasing, taunting and glaring, it follows as kids get older, and
they start shoving, fighting and pestering. Physical bullying can have a dreadful
ending and that’s why it must be stopped quickly.

            Another
way of bullying which is very popular is verbal bullying. Verbal bullying can
represent many forms name calling, threats, taunts, and exclusion. Verbal
bullying can affect a person’s self-esteem, self-image, and it can also lead to
depression.  Verbal bullying can
aggravate problems that a victim may already be experiencing at home or in
other places. Sometimes verbal bullying can reach a point where the victim is
so depressed, and wants to escape so badly, that they may turn to substance
abuse.

Social bullying is another type of
bully. Social bullying sometimes referred to as relational bullying, involves
hurting someone’s reputation or relationships. Social bullying involves leaving
someone out on purpose, telling other children not to be friends with someone,
spreading rumors about someone, and embarrassing someone in public. “Social
bullying can be proactive, or used to achieve or maintain social position, gain
attention, or alleviate boredom, or it can be reactive, or retaliatory, in
nature, in response to a perceived threat or to feelings of anger, jealousy, or
betrayal” (Young, Boye, & Nelson).

The fourth type of
bullying is cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is using electronic devices, such as
cell phones, computers, and tablets, or other communication tools, including
social media sites, text messages, chat rooms, and websites. Cyberbullying can
be extremely damaging to targeted students because of the opportunity for
hurtful content to be broadcast to large audiences. Additionally, the physical and
emotional distance between those who bully online and those who are targeted
can make cyberbullying attacks crueler in nature.

While all states have criminal laws
that apply to bullying, not all have special statutes that apply to
cyberbullying or bullying that takes place outside of school. Schools may take
action either as required by law, or with local or school policies that allow
them to discipline or take other action. Some states also have provisions to
address bullying if it affects school performance.

There
are many ways to stop bullying before it starts and after it’s been going on
for a while. You can help kids understand bullying. Talk to them about bullying
and how to stand up to it safely. Teaching them that its unacceptable will make
them not do it, and teach them how to get help. You can always ask them how are
they doing and if anything is bothering them. When you get close to kids and
they start to get comfortable they will tell you everything. You can also
encourage kids to do what they love. Showing kids that they shouldn’t let
anybody bring them down and showing them that the skies the limit will
confidently not let anyone ruin their mood. Model how to treat others, show
them that you should respect and be kind to everyone. Kids learn from adult’s
actions. Demonstrating that we show everyone respect and love will teach the
kids that there is no room for bullying and being mean. If you see something, don’t
stay quite because chances are the victim is in need of help but are too scared
to speak up.