Studies show that 77 percent of students admit to being bullied at some point in their lives (Bullying Statistics). While most people rationalize a bully’s actions, saying “He’s just had a bad week and is expressing his frustration” or “She must not feel loved so she wants a different type of attention,” there are various other causes behind a bully’s actions, although those are plausible explanations. Furthermore, bullying has an undesirable effect on the victim, as well as the bully. Bullying has numerous causes and countless negative effects on not only the victim, but the bully as well, and should be stopped.
There are four main types of bullying. One such type is physical bullying, which includes actions like hitting, kicking, punching, and property damage. Verbal bullying encompasses insults, name calling, teasing, sexual orientation or racial slurs, and verbal abuse. Another type of bullying is covert bullying, a form of bullying comprised of deeds such as rumor spreading, jokes intended for humiliation, social exclusion, and damaging social reputation. Cyber bullying, an online form of bullying, has become more popular as technology advances. Through mobile phones and social media, online harassment has become a major issue as it allows others to anonymously hassle the victim, permitting the bully to continue without consequence (Four Kinds of Bullying).
Physical bullying is just that, physical. Most people believe physical bullying occurs only on playgrounds, when children throw tantrums, or on stereotypical and unrealistic high school sitcoms. However, physical bullying can last long after adolescence, affecting an adult at the workplace, at home, or other public places. Physical bullying is popular among children, though, as it is an easy way to express frustration or contempt for another. Physical bullying is most common in middle school students because at this age children succumb to the craving for peer acceptance, increasing their risk of bullying or being bullied (Physical Bullying). 46 percent of males have admitted to participating in a physical fight, with 26 percent of females admitting to physical altercations, showing that males are more likely to physically bully, although females can also initiate it (Bullying Statistics).
Verbal bullying is different than physical bullying in that it does not tangibly harm the victim, but still has the intended effect. Verbal bullying is a major technique used to demean, belittle, and injure the target person or persons. Verbal bullying is comprised of harsh, cruel words meant to show that the aggressor is dominant to the prey. Verbal bullying is commonly employed by females, although males utilize it for intimidation (Verbal Bullying).
Much like verbal bullying, covert bullying is used to ruin the envisioned quarry by spreading rumors, lies, secrets, or other ways to damage the target’s social life or wound the victim personally. Covert bullying is often seen in young adolescents...