October 12, 2014
Good morning everyone. Today we will be discussing bullying. What is bullying you ask? Bullying is defined as situations were one individual or even a group of individuals uses violent behavior over another. “Violence among children and young people is considered to be any physical or psychological violent behavior aimed at children and young people” (Dracic, 2009, Pg. 216). Bullying can cause the victim to have low self-esteem, become closed off from family, and may even cause life-long psychological issues.
Bullying is about power and abuse. The individual getting bullied feels threatened, uncomfortable and unsafe. Bullying is an issue that affects millions of students. “1 out of 4 kids are bullied and up to 43% of students have been bullied online” (Dracic, 2009, Pg. 216). Bullying can cause the victim to commit suicide. Adolescents that are “bullied are likely to experience depression, anxiety, sadness, loneliness, and changes in sleep and eating patterns, and loss of interest” (O'Moore & Kirkham, 2001, Pg. 272). The victims of bullying may start to miss, skip, and might even drop out of school. These patterns can continue into adulthood. Why do bullies bully? This often happens because they have been bullied themselves or are going through a hard time at home. They may not feel loved or needed. So they take their hurt out on others that they see as weaker than they are.
How to identify bullying behavior? There are many types of bullying such as verbal, physical, and cyber bullying. We as teachers, counselors, and school staff can look out for these types of bullying behavior. Verbal bullying is the use of name calling, and taunting. Physical bullying is the intent to hurt a child. This can include physical violence such as fighting, pushing, and throwing objects. Signs to look out for are : Pushing, shoving, spreading of rumors, keeping certain...