Bullying has been around a very long time, we see it amongst peers, co-workers, family members, and friends. Our society doesn’t look much into it when bullying is done towards adults than it is with our youth. Bullying is the act of intimidating another person.
This situation is a plague in schools, which we yet need to show more awareness for. It is one of the biggest issues our learning environment has because no one draws much attention to this topic. Schools do not see bullying affecting learning atmospheres with how it brings negativity.
When it comes to bullying we only remember our days in elementary and middle school as being our most horrifying moments for humiliation. We get to high school and those days seem to haunt many individuals to this day. Recent studies have shown that bullying has increased and that 29 percent of our youth is being harassed. 29 percent, in the US, equals to 5.7 million children who are involved in some type of bullying; whether it’s being the bully or being bullied.
In schools, close interactions with peers are where bullies love to feast on those vulnerable to them. They do it anywhere they can come close enough to you to say or do something like in classrooms or playgrounds. In elementary schools, bullies start off with being physically aggressive and as students move up to high school the physical abuse becomes more verbal.
Bullies take great pride in making someone much weaker than them cry because it gives them a boost of dominance.
Impacts from school bullying.
When students begin to bully other students, all those mockeries, all the teasing and name calling can lead to serious consequences. Those individuals being bullied would have feelings of low self-esteem, insecurities, and even suicide. One story talked about a student who was pushed to the limit when he was in middle school. He was ridiculed and called a ‘sissy’ or ‘gay’ which lead him to hang himself because no one stood up for him. His insecurities built up and one bullies decision to mock a student impacted not only the life of one peer, but the lives of everyone who knew and loved that person.
60 percent of identified bullies during their grades 6-9 years will be involved in at least one crime conviction by the time they are 24
What schools are trying to do is have a “bully free” institution and become more aware and involved with bullying in classrooms. Our society does not want students feeling unsafe and scarred from the teasing.
What is being done?
Our schools must have a zero tolerance with bullying. If teachers face a situation where one student is harassing another, address the issue immediately. Use a tone that conveys a strict disapprovement towards the bully and to not draw attention to the victim. Teachers must make sure to speak to the student by showing him or her that their actions are creating a negative atmosphere.
Afterwards make sure to pull the victim aside and ask if they are okay. Always make sure to let them know they can come talk to you (as a teacher) or any staff member if this continues to occur. Help them feel secure and safe to tell you if any issues continue.
Do your part If you see bullying happening; say something. Don’t just turn the other cheek. Inform your teacher or any adult that you can confine in and never feel like you’re doing the wrong thing by speaking out. You may never know if you just possibly saved someone’s life.
A Push Gone Too Far<br />By Diana Sanchez<br />
What is Bullying?<br />Bullying has been around a very long time. <br />Link to Source<br />
What is Bullying? <br />Affects learning environments with negativity & issues <br />Link to Source<br />
Background<br />Bullying in the United States has increased<br />29% of our youth is being bullied<br />Link to Source<br />
Back Story of Bullying<br />Bullying occurs in classrooms and playgrounds<br />Close interactions<br />Bullies like to intimate others<br />Physical aggression Verbal abuse <br />
Back Story of Bullying<br />Bullies take “pride” in making younger and much weaker kids cry/ low self confidence<br />Link to Source<br />
Methods for Bullying Prevention<br />Zero Tolerance <br />Teachers must address the issue immediately as it occurs <br />Use a tone that conveys disapprovement towards their action <br />Do not draw attention to the victim<br />Focus how on the bully creates negativity <br />
Methods for Bullying Prevention<br />Pull victim aside after class to make sure him/her is alright <br />Always reinsure them they can come to you if they continue to have the same problem<br />Give them the feeling of comfort<br />Link to Source<br />
Do Your Part<br />If you see anyone being bullied, say something <br />Don’t just let things go<br />Inform an adult or teacher about the issue<br />Help your fellow classmates out and help them see they are not alone <br />Link to Source<br />
Credits<br />The effect of bullying in school on children & adolescents<br />Source: Young Adult Library serv 8 no1 Fall 2009<br />http://www.parentinged.com/bullying/The-Effect-Of-Bullying-In-School-On-Children-And-Adolescents.html<br />What to Say in Sticky Situations<br />Source: Instructor (2009) 119 no2 S/O 2009<br />http://www.scholastic.com/<br />Bullied to Death: An Interview with Julie Anne Peters and Jay Asher<br />Source: Voice Youth Advocates 32 no5 D 2009 <br />http://www.scarecrowpress.com/<br />