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bullying and sociology

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interactionalist approach

the symbolic interactionalist approach focuses on how different people and cultures view a situation from different perspectives, and how they associate different values to things

A symbolic interactionalist might look at what values students consciously or unconsciously associate with power.
Many people (consciously or unconsciously) associate power with wealth and fame, therefore power is viewed as a positive thing
And if power is associated as a good thing then that might explain why people try to obtain power over other students by bullying them
Another explanation of bullying using social interactionism is that bullying usually crops up or changes at the point at which students enter middle school this has been studied by psycology professor Jaana Juvonen
-From the point where students enter middle school bully's tend to be popular
-And the victims tend to be less popular kids who don't fit in
-But before middle school this trend is non-existant
it has been shown that these bullies also have a surprisingly high level of self-esteem

• Suicide among young people is the 3rd leading cause of death.
• 4,400 deaths per year (CDC) Over 14% of high school students have considered. 7% have attempted.

Should be illegal
According to Cyber Bullying Statistics, around 52% of teens have reported to be victims of cyber bullying and 25% have been bullied repeatedly through the Internet or cell phones.
Big problem: There is no law against cyber bullying
- more people will do it since they are hiding behind a screen which they think are safe, believe identity hidden, and gives them more power.

Families --> become devastated physically and mentally due to the sudden loss of their child
Education --> When the news gets out/bigger, the school will likely lose enrollment of upcoming year students --> loss of # of students --> decrease in need for teachers (people may lose their job)
Individual: Victim --> lose personality, hope, confidence --> experienced terrifying life events (bullying) can lead that person to developing mental illnesses (ex. Depression, anxiety, etc.)

Bully --> due to bullying when their young, it can lead him/her to failure in life (carrying a dark background, personality remains problematic -->effect on their young adulthood --career, marriage, family), which can lead to stagnation and despair.

Bullying and Socialism

Bullying is the repeated harassment and abuse of one person by another over an extended period of time. With a general attempt to gain power over them.

During the turbulent transition of moving schools, and adjusting to rotating class periods, new peers, multiple teachers and many others factors the system of interaction between the students changes drastically.
Teachers and principals don't have much power against bullying since there are no laws....
Relying more on parents, but parents can only protect their kids at home --> powerless once kids enter the school building…. Cannot create a safe environment. No law --> Parents cannot charge or sue the bully which means bullying is legal.
Bring uncontrollable bullies into wellness centers or rehabs.
If you imagine a stereotypical bully
-low self-esteem
-make up for it by putting down others
-don't have many real freinds
How do we change this?
Parents of bully --> ground child, take away
their laptops, phones, tablets, T.V, etc.
This trend can be changed in a number of ways
By seating students next to their friends in class they have a lower change of being picked on.
if i potential victim has a friend it will reduce their chances of getting bullied because they are no longer an outlier.
Or by softening the transitions between elementary school, middle school, and high school less students become bullies in the process

Changes to be made

Some schools, ex. NT holds bullying assemblies --> reminds students about why we should not take part in it.
Invite strong influential speakers who had experienced painful bullying (ex. Nick Vujicic) to speak with students and encourage them to stop this action.
If more/enough people take action against bullying and start doing activities to create awareness,
(ex. conferences, posters, websites),

it might inform the government about the destruction bullying is causing the society.

Lead to possibly a new law created to prevent bullying!!
Thomas Thompson, only 11 years old committed suicide by having overdoses of painkillers after constantly being bullied in school just because he love to read and do his school work. They called him ‘fatso’ and ‘gay boy’, tried to choke him with his tie, push and shove him.
School reported no sign of bullying.

Last month 16-year-old Karl Peart also commited suicide using painkillers due to bullying at Hirst High, in Ashington, Northumberland.
Two weeks later, Gemma Dimmick, 15 years-old also committed suicide.

Finally we can change associations with bullying by enforcing laws and strict punishments
In october 2012 eight girls from South Secondary School in London, Ontario were arrested for criminal harrassment, over cyber bullying and bullying in person,
The students who adjust well to these new surroundings tend to accumulate friends who are attracted their stability while those who cope badly don't make as many friends and become outliers.
These, more popular students tend to be more aggressive and due to this combined with their adaptation to their new surroundings makes them likely to become bullies.
The more they bully other, outlying students, the more they are seen as "cool" by their friends which increases their self-esteem, making them more likely to bully.
This happens because every time they bully a student who is not popular it increases their social status, which in turn increases their self-esteem.
Its a cycle that is hard to stop and the self-esteem growth has similar effects to a drug
it has been proven that a self-esteem increase releases endorphins.
Girls and Bullying
Girls are not as concerned with establishing their dominance physically, girls prefer to utilize relational aggression such as rumors as it fits better with female society expectations, and girls prefer language use over other types of aggression.
Many girls bully other girls because they are not “girls”, they are different in the means of dressing differently, playing with different gadgets and different interests than the stereotypes that defines a girl.
"Slut Shaming"
Amanda Todd was called a "slut" and bullied when she hooked up with a guy that already had a girlfriend, however that guy was let off easy.
Changes can be made in our own society
Getting to the heart of the matter seems to require moving beyond education and instead actively questioning and intervening in the widespread commercial propagation of these stereotypes on women.
Because of the outcomes for the individuals --> the employment field will decrease --> society in trouble due to loss of people working in certain fields (ex. education, hospital, police stations, etc)
--> Lose future generations
Boys are socially accepted to have more than one girl at one time, however if girls try that they are a disgrace to society.
Destroy their lives --> due to sudden lose of loved ones.
In ancient times, a King of kingdom had more than one wife. A Queen of a Kingdom only had one husband. If she wanted more she was a "unfit lady" to rule and was killed and tortured.
Feminist theory is the extension of feminism into theoretical or philosophical discourse. It aims to understand the nature of gender inequality.
"Not Girls"
Typically girls are bullied more often than guys. 3 out of 5 people bullied are girls.
If we got rid of stereotypes there would be a decrease in bullying girls by 18%.
Also reduce the stereotypes around gender roles; what defines a boy from a girl, what a boy can do and what a girl cannot do.

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Bullying and Suicide
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Daily Mail. (2015).
Boy ‘Driven to Suicide by Bullies’.
from http://www.dailymail.co.uk/newsarticle-187330/
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