What are the Affects of Bullying in Public Schools?
What is Bullying? Bullying is repeated, aggressive behavior by one or more people, and it harms others physically and/or emotionally. Bullies are taught and not born. There are seven different types of bullies; The Confident Bully feels good about himself, he also has a big ego and shows no empathy towards his targets. Social Bully can pretend to be caring and compassionate about his victim when needed to cover up his actions as a bully. (The BRIM Software). A Social Bully also uses verbal taunts, rumor, and gossip as the weapons of choice for their victims. Fully Armored Bully is emotionless and cold hearted and his feelings are buried deep inside so that he can’t identify them. Hyperactive Bullies suffer from learning disabilities, struggles in school, and cannot accurately process his classmates’ behavior. Bullied Bullies (the Bully Victim) is a target of bullies and a bully himself. The Bunch of Bullies are groups of ‘nice’ kids bullying another student. Gang of Bullies are a gang of allies, not friends, working together for domination over a particular area or ‘turf’. They also dedicate themselves to their group and they do not think about their consequences of their actions.
Studies show that in North Carolina, 5% of the children were exclusively bullies, 21% were exclusively victims, and 4.5% played both roles. (Walton) Also, 25% of the participants say they had suicidal thoughts as young adults and 38% of them had panic disorders. If a child is constantly around this type of behavior, 90% chances are, that child will become a bully in the future. In a recent study, students from different Dutch elementary schools participated in a questionnaire on their bullying behavior. It showed that more than 16% of the children, ages 9-11 years old, reported they were being bullied on a regular basis, and 5.5% reported regular bullying during the recent school year (M. Fekkes). In recent studies, approximately 15% of students are being bullied regularly or are initiators of bullying.
Bullying has become a worldwide problem and restricted some children to learn without fear. Students who are bullied and their victims can also have negative lifelong consequences (Banks). Bullying may also cause a child to become socially isolated through intentional exclusion. Some characteristics of a bullied student includes, anxiety, insecurity, cautiousness, and low self-esteem. There is also an intervention program that is offered at certain schools world-wide, which could help the bully and/or the victim seek the help needed. Kids do not easily outgrow the pain of bullying as they grow older, but they are less mentally healthy as adults. Bullies and their victims are at higher risk for mental health problems and other struggles in childhood. A study from 2010, shows that found that bullies were at higher risk of substance abuse, depression, anxiety and hostility than non-bullies (Pappas).
Some of the factors...