A bully is someone who picks on other people, because they think it is the way to solve their problems. There are many types of bullying, there is physical, verbal, and mental. Children that are ages five through eleven began using verbal abuse and some even use physical abuse (Garrett 33). People estimated that one hundred and sixty thousand students miss school every day, and twenty-eight million missed school days per year, due to fear of being bullied (Garrett 36). Six million boys and four million girls are involved in fights from being bullied or bullying others (Garrett 33).
Every day millions of teens are bullied or rather are bullies themselves. On a regular basis bullying is happening and can lead to a drop in academic performance, self-esteem, emotional problems and poor social relations. In school settings, teachers and students “do not have an adequate understanding of what constitutes bullying” (Cohen 4). Those who witness bullying have not a clue of what bullying is and
It has everyone concerned. Not just the kids on its receiving end, but the parents, teachers, and others who may not understand how extreme bullying can cause. About approximately 160,000 teens skip school every day because of pushing around. 1 in 10 students drops out of school because of repeated bullying. Schools need to do more about bullying because about 28 percent of students ages 12–18 reported being bullied at school 9 during the school year, according to the Indicators of School
The dictionary definition of bullying is, “a person who is habitually cruel or overbearing, especially to smaller or weaker people”("Bullying") . To many, it is more than a definition in a dictionary, it is a lifestyle. Unfortunately, an opposite lifestyle is lived by more than seventy-five percent of students across the country, the life of being bullied. Hundreds and thousands of children dread opening their computer or going to school because they know what awaits them. Cruel comments, physical harm, and humiliation.
It isn’t a situation that is addressed much, mainly because people see right through the bullying going on right in front of them. 160,000 students every day refuse to attend school because they have been bullied, whether it be physically or mentally. (“Bullying/Suicide”) To put it another way maybe easier to understand, 15% of absences each day are students that don’t feel safe enough to come to school. (“Centers for”) When a person is getting bullied, they often feel like there must be something wrong with them. The victim is getting called names and told very hurtful things every day and they may begin to believe what is being said, again leading them to feel alone.
The FBI National Center for Analysis of Violent Crime observed that the victimization of students occurs more often in public schools (Will 2). The victims of bullying suffer from emotional distress, and they often have difficulties making friends (J Love 346). The distressed victims will have problems in the workforce and their future family if bullying stays strong in schools. School bullies may demonstrate their ‘power’ in several ways. School bullies may mock peers, spread vicious rumors, play cruel pranks, or use physical force to ensure to their target that they are in charge (J Love 346).
“Bullying can worsen the mental health of teenagers who are already dealing with stress” (parks, 49). Parents tend to think students don’t have to deal with stress, yet everything adds up and bullying just makes it worse. No matter how children get bullied or how much, it will still cause pain and suffering. Kids live each day thinking they are the reason they get bullied but in reality usually is just the bully that has issues. Usually the kid is bullied because the one bullying them just wants attention or they are jealous about something involving the other person (Bullying).
For instance, new students and those who suffer from health or learning disabilities are at much higher risk of being harassed (Opposing Viewpoints, online). On the other hand, according to the article Bullying and Problem Solving, children and adolescents who lack in social-problem solving skills and have poor academic performance are at risk of becoming a bully (middle earth). Adults also have a possibility of being bullied or becoming a bully in a work environment. Overall, everyone is in danger of being bullied or developing into a bully if society doesn’t teach the new generations right from wrong when it comes to being the bully or being bullied. Bullying is everywhere, even within families in their own homes.
Children that are bullied sometimes feel hated, unimportant, and terrified ("Bullying"). Children that are bullied wake up everyday knowing that the bullies are waiting to torture, embarrass, and hurt them (Wright). More than 43 percent of middle-school and high-school students avoid using school bathrooms because they are scared of being messed with or hurt (Havenrich). Kids who are bullied can gain physical symptoms like headaches, stomach pains or sleeping problems (“What Effects”). Some kids are physically injured and they are left with bruises, black eyes, broken bones, internal injuries, scarring, damaged testicles, kidneys, and blinded in one of their eyes (Wright).
“Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance.” (www.stopbullying.gov). “A bully is someone who continuosly tries to hurt someone.” (www.mylifemypower.org). I want more people to know that bullying is a serious topic. “Bullying is a serious problem that effects millions of students every day.” (www.kidshealth.org). Bullying is causing young innocent kids to do horrible things to themselves.