Being a teenager in today’s world can be tough. Adolescence is about friendships and fitting in. Bullying is a problem and can affect that. Students should reach out to those that don’t have friends and help them. Kids that don’t fit in also need to make an effort to do so. If bullying is stopped, which it can be if we tried hard enough, teens would feel much better about themselves. Will you make an effort to stop bullying and help those that don’t fit in?
Adolescence is, for the most part, about fitting in. Most everybody wants friends and wants to feel like they are a part of a social group. Young childhoods are spent meeting new people and making friends that share your common interests. However, in the teenage years, it gets a lot more complicated. Some people will start to leave their old friends for newer, “cooler” ones, and start to wear new clothing to make themselves popular. Everyone wants to fit in, and some people will make more of an effort to do so than others. In middle school specifically, cliques and social groups start forming. This is the time when teens and pre-teens figure out who they are and start to fit in with their friends.
Bullying is a major issue in schools and is a factor in fitting in. Almost all students in high school either have been bullied or have bullied someone. Bullying can be split into two major parts: psychological and physical. While both are very harmful, many debates have been had as to which is worse. I am of the opinion that psychological is worse, because it can really push somebody over the edge. When people constantly harass you or call you names it starts to take a toll on your confidence and self-esteem, and as is said in the poem “To This Day”, it “Seems like every school has an arsenal of names getting updated every year,” (Koyczan). Girls, specifically, seem to take part in psychological bullying more often, sometimes even to friends in their social circle. A piece from the article “Girl bullies don’t leave black eyes, just agony” mentions some girls will, “make other girls’ lives so horrible that, decades later, they’ll break down in tears just talking about it---if they can talk about it at all,” (Elizabeth). Emotional pain like that can leave somebody seriously harmed and may even produce suicidal thoughts. Victims of psychological bullying may feel that they don’t belong, or that nobody wants or cares about them.
Students have some responsibility to help those that don’t fit in. Many kids feel like they are unwanted and that nobody wants any part of them. They may feel useless and feel that they have nothing to contribute to a friendship. It’s our responsibility to let them know these things aren’t true and to be open to talking to them. Many new kids especially may feel out of place when switching schools or cities. In a worst case scenario, these new students don’t know anyone in their new area or school and have to make all new friends. The students from that school have a...