The Problem of Bullying

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Bullying does not have a standard definition. Bullying can be anything from calling someone else names, beating them up just for the fun of it, to texting or messaging them on the internet or any mobile device. Any person can be the victim of bullying, not just children. Bullying causes many issues, physically, emotionally, and mentally, not only for the victim, but for their entire families as well. Bullies have many different reasons as to why they start bullying someone else. The actions done to the victim leaves them with only a few options on how to stop being bullied. How they handle it is always different. There are four different types of bullying. These are physical, verbal, indirect, and cyber bullying. Physical bullying includes any type of physical contact towards another person that is unwanted, such as hitting, kicking, pinching, punching, even spitting. Breaking others possessions or simply taking their belongings are also examples of physical bullying. When the parents physically abuse children, they often feel as if it is their fault they are being knocked around. If the child has no one to talk to, or no one to tell, the physical abuse can go on for years and cause multiple problems for the child, even in their adult years. Verbal bullying includes calling someone out of their name, making jokes about their race, age, or gender, teasing someone else about being different, or using sexual or offensive statements about the victim or their families. Even if you tell someone a joke that you think is funny, if it targets the person you are telling, or if the other person is in earshot, it can be considered as bullying and you can get in trouble. Thinking before you tell jokes, or even a little white lie about ... ... middle of paper ... ...child, chances are they will display those behaviors to someone they have picked out of their classroom. Tell your child they can always trust you and talk to you about anything that is going on in their life, not only the bad areas. Whether it is physical, verbal, indirect, or cyber bullying, it can have serious consequences and effects on the child that can cause physical, mental, or emotional problems for the rest of their life. Knowing what the warning signs of bullying might save a life. Works Cited "Bullying Statistics." Bullying Statistics. N.p., 2013. Web. 02 Jan. 2014. "I-SAFE Inc." I-SAFE Inc. I-SAFE Inc., 1998. Web. 02 Jan. 2014. "Stop Bullying." U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, n.d. Web. 02 Jan. 2014. "Bullying." Bullying | Violence Prevention Works. Hazelden Foundation, 2014. Web. 02 Jan. 2014.
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