Topic 59:Bullying

Bullying has become a common event everyday. Bullying is unfair and to put it simply, SHOULD NOT HAPPEN. You can ask any school age child about bullying and they will say they have been bullied or witnessed it maybe even been the bully. In a bullying scenario there are three types of people: the bully, the person being bullied and a witness (someone who stands back an watches). There are many types of bullying including: physical e.g. punching or kicking, Mental e.g. someone say that you aren’t good enough, Name calling, and there is also cyber bullying, e.g. being bullied on Facebook etc.

There is no excuse for bullying someone. Most people become a bully because of the thrill they get from picking on another, the thought that if they don’t bully they might start to get bullied and the feeling of belonging when their are a group of bullies.

There are a few ways to stop a bully: if you attend school tell a teacher, if you are experiencing work placement bullying tell your boss or manager, if you are getting cyber bullied block the bully or take the matter up with the owner/manager of the web page. Most importantly tell the bully you dont like it and they NEED to STOP after that try to ignore them, pretend they dont exist because bullies feed on your REACTION. They are only bullying you to get a reaction, a thrill.

Many victims of bulling take the bulling to heart and start to think bad about themsleves. Many turn to self harm for suicide for help, you DONT need to, there is always help even if you cant see it, there is HELP. Others end up with depression or disorders such as: eating disorders, sleep disorders, anxiety or learning problems.

Facts:

  •  One out of every four students (22%) report being bullied during the school year
  • 64 percent of children who were bullied did not report it
  • more than one third of adolescents reporting bullying
  • 81.9% of students who identify as LGBTQ were bullied in the last year based on their sexual orientation
  • 63.5% of students feel unsafe because of their sexual orientation
  • 64% of students enrolled in weight-loss programs reported experiencing weight-based victimization
  • One third of girls and one fourth of boys report weight-based teasing from peers
  • Youth victimized by their peers were 2.4 times more likely to report suicidal ideation and 3.3 times more likely to report a suicide attempt than youth who reported not being bullied
  • Girls were much more likely than boys to be victims of both cyber and traditional bullying, says a recent
  • Children as young as three can become victims of bullying
  • Young people who bully have a one in four chance of having a criminal record by the age of 30.
  • Bullying is the fourth most common reason young people seek help from children’s help service
  • About 42 percent of kids have been bullied while online with one in four being verbally attacked more than once.
  • About 35 percent of kids have been threatened online.
  • About 58 percent of kids and teens have reported that something mean has been said about them or to them online.

“Pulling someone down will never help you reach the top”

“Don’t listen if someone says you arent good enough, because you are”

Bibliography:

Facts:

http://www.pacer.org/bullying/about/media-kit/stats.asp

http://www.kidspot.com.au/schoolzone/Bullying-Facts-and-figures-about-bullying+4065+395+article.htm

http://www.bullyingstatistics.org/content/bullying-statistics.html

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