Bullying at School
BULLYING AT SCHOOL.
by Polina Antoniou
Bullying is the use of force or threat to abuse, or aggressively dominate others. The behavior is often repeated and habitual. Behaviors used to assert such domination can include verbal harassment or threat, physical assault or coercion, and such acts may be directed repeatedly towards particular targets. Rationalizations for such behavior sometimes include differences of social class, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, appearance, behavior, body language, personality, reputation, lineage, strength, size or ability.
According to the well-known anti-bullying movement in Greece, 'Be You', 77% of students are bullied mentally & physically. Cyber bullying statistics are rapidly approaching similar numbers, with 43% experiencing cyber bullying. ... 1 in 5 students admit to being a bully, or doing some "bullying." Each day 160,000 students miss school for fear of being bullied.
It is a fact that all over the world, many media such as radio, TV, magazines and etc., have mentioned the phenomenon of bullying. Bullying is everywhere, in every school community, due to the multicultural life. From the biggest TV news, to the biggest artists, bullying is a talk as a big social problem, especially nowadays.
The concept of bullying has been used in many songs, books & films, by the time it exists in reality, in big amounts!
Be You movement, discovered that children who were bullied are more likely to suffer anxiety, depression and consider self-harm and suicide later in life.
While all children face conflict, disagreements between friends can usually be resolved in some way. But the repetitive nature of bullying is what can cause such harm, Be You said.
"Bullying is comparable to a scenario for a caged animal,". "The classroom is a place where you're with people you didn't choose to be with, and you can't escape them if something negative happens."
Children can internalize the harmful effects of bullying, which create stress-related issues such as anxiety and depression, or they can externalize it by turning from a victim to a bully themselves. Either way, the result has a painful impact.
Where can students turn for help? There are many organizations such as Be You and individuals that can provide guidance–including the school counselors, teachers, and professional therapists. But if a parent simply wants information, or wants to read up on bullying articles to share with their kids so they can explain what bullying is and what they can do about it, there are plenty of resources: books, articles, and websites that can provide tons of tips, statistics, and recommendations about how to recognize and handle a bullying situation. There are so many bullying scenarios that it can be hard for a parent to recognize when it’s happening. From schoolyard intimidation to violence to name calling to sexual harassment to cyber bullying, parents and kids need to be able to distinguish normal teasing from actual bullying. Whether your child is a victim of a bully, or whether you suspect your child is the bully, or whether you just want to keep informed on the topic, arming yourself with knowledge is a great tactic for all parents.