Knowing the warning signs of bullying can help students not think about suicide, feeling worthless, or having withdraws. Bullying is, “unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real perceived power imbalance” (Stop Bullying Association). Statistics show that each year the death rate of bullied victims increase. The Bureau of Justice School states that “46% of males followed by 26% of females have admitted to being victims in physical fights.” Bullying statistics also shows about 77% of students have admitted to being the victim of one type of bullying or another.
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The bully can also verbally threaten to cause harm, and taunt the victim. Verbal bullying is harder to see and stop (Make Beats Not Beat Downs, 2009).
Social bullying can occur within the context of large social groups as well as close friendships. Social bullying has three specific characteristics. The bully may leave the victim out on purpose. In a group of friends the bully usually will push the victim out of the group, making the victim feel ignored. The bully can also tell others not to be friends with the victim. This causes the victim to feel lonely. The victim can also be embarrassed in public by the bully. Socially putting the victim down, makes the bully feel needy for more power and popularity.
Physical bullying is rarely the first form of bullying that a target will experience. Often bullying will begin in a different form and progress to physical violence. Physical bullying is easy to identify because the acts are so obvious. If the bully is hurting the victim by pushing, spitting, or hitting, it is known as physical bullying. The bully frequently will push the victim around. The bully may push the victim to a point where a fight will break out. The victim could simply be walking down the hallway, and the bully can trip him/her. At times the bully may break the victim’s belongings, just to torture the victim. Unlike verbal and social bullying, the effects of physical bullying can be easier to spot.
Cyberbullying is the most common type of bullying there is. Cyber bullying can take place anywhere. Cyberbullies can be classmates, online acquaintances, and even anonymous users, but are often unknown. The bully may contact the victim through email, cell phones, and computers, or threaten to spread a rumor. The bully may send out an embarrassing video of the victim to everyone in school. Cyber bullying happens a lot on social networks, including, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Any type of chat room or social media site may have some type of cyberbullying. Young people are using the Internet more than ever and whether on smartphones or Internet access from home (Make Beats Not Beat Downs, 2009).
In the past, bullies were thought to be social outsiders plagued by low self-esteem who needed to pick on others to make themselves feel good. However, researchers around the world are discovering that this isn’t the case. Dan Olweus, Ph.D, of the Research Centre for Health Promotion, shows that bullies have a strong need to dominate and subdue other students and to get their own way. Bullies are impulsive and are easily angered. They are often defiant and aggressive toward adults, including parents and teachers (Alvarez, 2007).
“The house of the bully usually lacks empathy and adequate supervision, that's why the aggressive tendencies grow…” (Radwan, 2006-2011). Other children become bullies as a result of being bullied themselves or even abused. A child can become a bully because of feelings of shame. Some research says that bullies...