Stop Bullying

“Courage is fire and bullying is smoke.” – Benjamin Disraeli

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By: Hazel Guevarra

Bullying is a crime. Many people are not knowledgeable about this serious matter that is why many victims experience it. Beforehand, let’s further discuss Bullying.

Bullying can be defined as many things. It can be teasing, name- calling, stereotyping, fighting, exclusion, spreading rumors, public shaming and aggressive intimidation. It can be in person and online. But it can no longer be considered a rite of passage that strengthens character, new research suggests.

Bullying can take place just about anywhere, including in the school building, playground, classroom, on the way to or from school, online, by phone, at home and at work; basically anywhere people interact with each other. Here are the four common types of Bullying:

  1. Verbal Bullying is saying or writing mean things. Verbal Bullying includes:
  • Teasing
  • Name-calling
  • Inappropriate sexual comments
  • Taunting
  • Threatening to cause harm
  1. Social Bullying, sometimes referred to as Relational Bullying, involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationships. Social Bullying includes:
  • Leaving someone out on purpose
  • Telling other children not to be friends with someone
  • Spreading rumors about someone
  • Embarrassing someone in public
  1. Physical Bullying involves hurting a person’s body or possessions. Physical Bullying includes:
  • Hitting or kicking or pinching
  • Spitting
  • Tripping or pushing
  • Taking or breaking someone’s things
  • Making mean or rude hand gestures
  1. Cyber Bullying involves taunting or humiliation through social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) or the Internet. Cyber Bullying includes:
  • Cruel websites targeting specific youth
  • Humiliating others while playing online games
  • Verbal or emotional bullying through chat rooms
  • Instant message or texting
  • Posting photos of other youth on rating websites, etc.

But why do people become a victim?  Three of the main reasons are their physical appearance, having low self-esteem, and social status in life. Bullies pick people who are an easy target such as kids who won’t fight back,  who are unpopular or nerd, won’t fit in the group, having a different race, religion, vulnerable enough ,and shy people because they won’t stand up for themselves and tend to be quiet than to speak up.

Bullying is a simple term that many do not apply to anyone in power. However, Bullying starts at a young age when people are perceived as weak. Let’s all think that Bullying is not okay and is not part of growing up for all adolescence. It has negative impacts to an individual that can cause mental and emotional illness, suicide, and death. So before it becomes severe and unstoppable, we should all take a stand, make an action, and prevent it at all cost.

According to CNN Health, “the study also concluded with a call to action, suggesting that while the government has justifiably focused on addressing maltreatment and abuse in the home, they should also consider Bullying as a serious problem that requires schools, health services and communities to prevent, respond to or stop this abusive culture from forming.” So what are you waiting for? Take the pledge and join the movement!

 

Bullying. (26 February 2017). < https://www.stopbullying.gov/what-is-bullying/definition/>

Bullying. (26 February 2017).<http://www.erasebullying.ca/bullying/bullying-types.php#cyber-bullying >

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