Bullying : It 's Not Just Kids Being Kids

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Bullying: It’s not just kids being kids Bullying is a very common type of conflict that occurs in high school. It is not uncommon for a student to be teased, taunted, or bumping into during the school day. “Every year in the United States, twelve million children are bullied” (Mansbacher, 2012). By definition, bullying is the “unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time” (McCallion & Feder, 2013). Verbal harassment, nonverbal harassment, physical bullying, cyber bullying are all considered bullying. These acts are hurtful and affect not only the victim but also the accused. Verbal harassment occurs when the victim is taunted, insulted, or called names. Verbal harassment is oftentimes the most visible sign of bullying. Teachers may overhear students being called names by their peers. Nonverbal harassment, is also called relational aggression, this occurs when someone is isolated or ignores Physical bullying includes pushing or Cyber bullying is the harassment that uses technology and electronic devices (social media, emails, text messages) to bully someone. “The word cyber bullying didn 't even exist a decade ago, yet the problem is pervasive today” (Holladay, 2011). Student access to the internet is the highest that it has ever been. Students may connect to the internet through their home computer, laptops, tablets, ipads and cell phones. No longer must students use the family computer to connect to the internet. The family computer history, which is used by all members of the household, is easily reviewed. Students have an increased level of privacy when they access the internet from their ... ... middle of paper ... ...ve peer culture is established, and school connectedness is reinforced” (McCallion, & Feder, 2013). Dialogue is the most effective way to resolve issues of bullying. Students that participate in-group facilitation attempts through dialogue will “build understanding, cooperation and positive relationships” (Barsky, 2014). The cultural island model by Halabi (1998) according to Barsky (2014, p. 207) would provide students with an opportunity to meet initially as individuals without addressing the conflict. Students with the assistance of a group facilitator, possibly a peer mediator, would share insight on encounters they have had which led to conflict. The students would then share their feelings in hopes that the students would begin to understand each other. The final step would allow students to address each other while considering the feelings of all involved.
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