Short Articles About Bullying

Short Articles About Bullying  - Bullying has existed for centuries. The battle between Cain and Abel is a case in extreme bullying. Until relatively recently, bullying was ignored. Children were left to “sort it out amongst themselves.” Adults intervened at their own and their child’s peril. 

This had all changed. There is, in fact, a campaign by school boards, educators and many concerned individuals to eradicate bullying in all its forms. This includes both workplace and schoolyard abuse and college and military hazing. This approach also expands the version of bullying beyond physical violence to include psychological  or verbal abuse.  These tactics include name- calling, taunting, kicking and beating, exclusion from a group, threats and teasing. 

Bullying becomes any form of aggressive behavior that is intentional. It involves an imbalance of power or strength. It can take place directly in a schoolyard, a bus or workplace or via e-mail or a web site or chat room. Cyber net bullying is new; the net, a modern equivalent of the poison pen letter. 

Short Articles About Bullying 

Short Articles About Bullying 

It all changes the definition of bully to anyone who harasses his or her target. Although most bullies are boys, girls also exhibit this type of behavior very common to the elementary and middle school years.  There is a difference, however, between male and female bullies. Males are more likely to use physical intimidation. Females rely on verbal threats and sexual comments or innuendos to frighten their victims. Both male and female bullies will indicate their distaste of the victim through relational aggression -social isolation and group exclusion.

Any child can become a target or victim. The easiest targets, however, are the socially isolated, the shy or sensitive children or the obviously physically weaker boys or girls. A bully will pick on the easiest, most vulnerable targets. The bullying will continue until the bully tires or the victim moves out of the neighborhood, changes schools or manages to overcome the bully. Perhaps something happens to end the situation. 

There is no single causal factor to create a bully. Possibilities include a continuous exposure to violence at home, little supervision in his or her life and a lack of warmth from parents or significant adults. There are also certain characteristics that seem to be indicative of potential bullies. These include violent tendencies and a need to control or dominate their immediate environment.  Envy and resentment as well as a quickness to anger the use of force, and concern with preserving self-image are all applicable to bullies and bullying. Contrary to popular belief, a bully does not have low self-esteem. He or she may express a desire to “fit in” but they do not lack in ego or self-worth.

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The result of ongoing bullying is negative to individuals and to society as a whole. Victims of all ages can succumb to stress-related illnesses. Children do not want to go to school. They are afraid to. Psychologically damaged they can even turn into bullies. The most extreme result is frightening - suicide.

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