Today’s Word Is…..BULLYCIDE Bullying + Suicide = “Bullycide”
BULLYING SUX• One third of children aged 12-18 confessed to being bullied during the school year Three Types of Bullying 1. Direct Physical 2. Direct Verbal3. Relational Aggression
Relational Aggression “refers to manipulation of relationships or friendships in order to inflict emotional pain on another, such as gossiping, rumor-spreading, or exclusion from a group” (Crothers, Lipinski, Minutolo, 2009) “Everyone is invited “Did you know ____________ except her LOL” about her?” “She went “She slept with after my soooo many guys!!!!” “Nobody likes you” friends boyfriend”
Relational Aggression & The Media Watch Surfer Dude & Can’t believe Blonde Chick Put Down Perez Hilton said Celebrities – WooooT! that about Lindsay Lohan! Television Websites Grocery Stores Magazines Can’t believe I have to wait in line at the grocery store AGAIN! Thank goodness there are all these magazine covers to read. BRAAAAIINS!!!
Children’s PerceptionsChildren formulate how toact in certain situationsbased on what they haveseen and been exposed to.Social Information Processing (SIP) Theory “posits that individuals selectively attend to cues in any social situation and interpret them, accurately or inaccurately, to figure out how to respond; people set goals based on their experiences and what they consider to be pertinent cues. Action follows.” (Waters, 2011).
PAPARAZZIProvide content for entertainment media outlets, are invasive, show no respect for privacy Paparazzi: Bullies: • Often taunt celebrities • Often taunt their victims being photographed • Verbally abuse to achieve • Verbally abuse to achieve a response a response • Have been know to chase • Have been know to chase down their victims down celebrities
October 2009California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill that“makes it a crime to take and sell unauthorized photos ofcelebrities in ‘personal or familial activity.’ Violatorsface fines up to $50,000” (CNN, 2009)Making Arnold THE....Paparazzinator (totally trademarking this)
Unfortunately – these laws have proven to beineffective since, as shown, we still see the sametabloid fodder on our store shelves as before.
Questions Remain: • How are children and teenagers supposed to understand that it is not right to bully someone through the use of gossip and rumours, when they are exposed to it daily? • Why has it become socially acceptable to allow the media and paparazzi to practice these bullying tactics openly? • Can better laws be implemented that would dissuade the paparazzi and the gossiping entertainment media from continuing their socially irresponsible reporting tactics?“Everybody Else is Doing it, so why can’t w –The Cranberries, Album Title, 1992
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