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Bullying

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Remi Taylor

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There is noticeably more bullying in middle school (grades 6, 7, and 8) than in senior high school
Emotional bullying is the most prevalent type of bullying, with physical bullying being second
Cyberbullying is - for the middle grade levels - the least prominent type of bullying. But it is greater in the last three years of high school.
Most school bullying occurs inside the school, a lesser amount on school property, and even less on the school bus. The least occurs in other areas.
Middle school students, and particularly 6th graders, were most likely to be bullied on the bus
Sixth graders were the most likely students to sustain an injury from bullying, with middle schoolers more likely to be injured than high school students and the percentage going down every grade from 6 to 12
Victims of bullying display a range of responses, even many years later, such as:
Low self-esteem
Difficulty in trusting others
Lack of assertiveness
Aggression
Difficulty controlling anger
Isolation
Kids who bully engage in bullying behavior towards their peers. There are many risk factors that may contribute to the child's involvement in the behavior. Often, these students require support to change their behavior and address any other challenges that may be influencing their behavior.

While bullying exists in other countries the United States has arguably the worst problem because it is not illegal in many states. In fact, bullying wasn't viewed as a significant problem until the 1970s. Until then, many viewed bullying or being bullied as a childhood rite of passage. But because of the increasing cruelty of bullying, it is no longer a rite of passage. It's now looked at as child harassment.
"Bullying is defined as a use of superior strength or influence to intimidate someone, typically to force him or her to do what one wants."(Dictionary.com) Most people don't realize that it occurs so often in middle schools and high schools. Teenagers are the most judgemental kids, they judge others without even thinking about it, it becomes second nature to them. The judgemental second nature plus self-esteem/self insecurity issues, is the perfect combination for a bully.
The Problem
Bullying
The Background
Information on Bullying
Possible solutions
1 in 4 students are bullied every month, schools have responded to this by creating anti-bullying policies to reduce the number of bullying incidents and to make students feel safer overall.
Almost every state legally requires anti-bullying policies in schools. New Jersey has some of the most extensive bullying prevention policies—the state mandates teacher training on how to handle bullying and requires the state board of education to design a model anti-bullying policy that districts can follow.
Resources
http://www.dosomething.org/tipsandtools/background-bullying
Do Something. The Do Something authors and Do Something support groups,n.d.Web. 25 Jan. 2014
http://www.stopbullying.gov/what-is-bullying/roles-kids-play/index.html
Stop Bullying. Stop Bullying Writing team, n.d. Web. 25 Jan. 2014
http://www.violencepreventionworks.org/public/bullying_effects.pagehttp://www.violencepreventionworks.org/public/bullying_effects.page
Violence Prevention Works. olweus Writing lab and 2014 Hazelden Foundation, 2014. Web. 26 Jan. 2014
http://www.violencepreventionworks.org/public/bullying_effects.page
http://www.stopbullying.gov/kids/facts/
http://www.education.com/reference/article/why-do-kids-bully/
http://www.stopbullying.gov/prevention/at-school/
http://www.bullyingstatistics.org/content/school-bullying.html
Remi Taylor
Interviews
Interview with Riley-
Me
-What do you know about bullying?
Riley-

A lot of kids do this in a lot of places in the country. some reasons they do it is for attention, some have family problems, and even people issues/a hard time communicating with others.
Most people don’t do anything about it when they see it, they think it will just pass, like a trend but its a big problem. Kids are committing suicide because of other kids, and what they say.

Me-
How does bullying affect you?
Riley-

I have seen my friends get bullied
and I’ve been bullied. Bullying has already spread to kids that can’t defend themselves, or don't have the guts to stand up for themselves.
Bullying lowers self-esteem in people, and bullying creates depression which eventually causes thoughts of suicide, which is never good.

Me-
What do you recommend when confronting this problem?
Riley-
When confronting a bully kids should’t start something else with the bully or be judged by their peers for standing up against a bully, Most importantly,
don’t let the bully get to you. If you’re being bullied tell a trusted adult and don’t make a scene out of what the bully is doing to you, that’s what the bully wants you to do.

Heileger, Riley. Personal interview. 27 Jan. 2014
Interview with Mrs. Werner:
Me- What do you know about bullying?
Mrs. Werner-
Bullying is a very serious issue in our society and schools. Bullying can be very harmful and dangerous. There needs to be a common knowledge (terminology) on bullying.
Such as the definition of: bully, bullying, bystander, victim, etc. Everyone needs to fully understand what a bystander means! This can be life saving to some people!

Me- Does bullying affect you? How does it affect you?
Mrs.Werner- Bullying doesn’t currently affect me.
Bullying definitely affected me in the past when I was growing up. I was the type of student who would stand up for the right things. Sometimes that would cause others to attack me for standing up for the victims.
I think by being confident enough to NOT be a bystander helped me be successful so far in life and be a positive role model.

Me- What do you recommend when confronting this problem?
Mrs.Werner-
I feel that everyone should NOT be a bystander! Be careful how you handle the situation but report bullying to adults if you are unable to directly stick up for the problem.

Werner,Jennifer. Personal Interview. 28 Jan. 2014
Bullying has become a nationwide problem, kids all over the country are scared to go to school and get their education because of bullies. Children are being pressured to do things that they have no intention of doing because of this other child.

Bullies today affect kids a lot, teens and kids in today's world of judgement take everything the bully says to heart, and after a certain amount of time they begin believing the lies that their being told. These children start to become insecure about what and who they are. That's what makes the bullies "win".
As bullying becomes more of an issue, as it is now, people create more and more awareness and anti-Bullying groups. By doing this the number of bullies and bully victims has gone down a ton; causing others to start standing up to their bullies. For the children still suffering as bully victims, there are now support groups helping these kids.
Bullying is never okay. Those who bully use power to hurt people. Power does not always mean bigger or stronger. Power can also mean popular or smart. Or, the kid doing the bullying may know a secret about the kid being bullied (like black-mail). Kids who bully can have other problems, too, even when they get older, like using alcohol and drugs, getting into fights, and dropping out of school.
As kids face the problem, they can react differently. Some just acting like it never happened, others crying for hours over a name the were called. Bullying can take different tolls on people, but even the most mentally tough kids get hurt by what their peers say about them. No matter what type of bully it is, they all harm you.
Some kids bully because they want to copy their friends, think bullying will help them fit in, or think they are better than the kid they are bullying.
Bullying can affect everyone—those who are bullied, those who bully, and those who witness bullying. Bullying is linked to many negative outcomes including impacts on mental health, substance use, and suicide.

"Being bullied is associated with poor academic achievement, problems making friends, loneliness and higher levels of substance use," according to a 2007 report entitled the Health Behavior in School-Aged Children. "While many people believe bullies act tough in order to hide feelings of insecurity and self-loathing," Stutzky said, "in fact, bullies tend to be confident, with high self-esteem."
There are lots of Anti-Bullying programs, support groups, websites, and functions across the country. Including Bullying prevention month in October. Schools are making new policies that prevent bullying, and harshly punish kids who bully others. School boards have created a 5 step system that Districts in the country are using now.
Steps to a Bullying Free school:
Asses the bullying in your school
Engage parents and youth
Create rules and policies
Build a Safe environment
Educate students and school staff

Facts about bullying
Over 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year.

1 in 4 teachers see nothing wrong with bullying and will only intervene 4 percent of the time.

Approximately 160,000 teens skip school every day because of bullying.

1 in 7 students in grades K-12 are either bullies or victims of bullying.

56 percent of students have personally witnessed some type of bullying at school.

Over two-thirds of students believe that schools respond poorly to bullying, with a high percentage of students believing that adult help is ineffective.

71 percent of students report incidents of bullying as a problem at their school.

90 percent of 4th through 8th graders report being victims of bullying.

1 out 10 students drop out of school because of repeated bullying.

Harassment and bullying have been linked to 75 percent of school-shooting incidents.

Physical bullying increases in elementary school, peaks in middle school and declines in high school. Verbal abuse, on the other hand, remains constant.
One way we can eliminate bullying is making everyone aware of what problems go on. If you've been a bully victim or if you've been a bystander, let adults know what you've seen or whats been done to you so they can put a stop to it. They cant stop what they don't know about.
Another way is, don't be a bystander. You going to tell someone about what just happened, or you standing and going about your business like nothing happened at all could be the difference of that person having thoughts of suicide, or going home being happy. So stand up for your peers and make someones day:)
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