An Imbalance Of Power And The Use Of Bullying

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Bullying is the use of superior strength or influence to intimidate (someone), typically to force him or her to do what one wants according to its original definition. Bullying has been around for a very long time and has taken on so many more meanings to the word “intimidation” or “force.” Bullying has become an issue in most schools around the world and the definition has since been converted to the definition of unwanted, aggressive, behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance according to ("Bullying," n.d.). In order for “Bullying” to be seen as bullying it must be aggressive and include an imbalance of power such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity to control …show more content…
Chapman, personal communication, November 02, 2016) was able to identify that bullying was an imbalance of power and an aggressive form of behavior which is accurate with what the research tells us about bullying. He was able to add that in his level of profession bullying is seen in strengths and numbers. The anti-bullying campaign was placed into the schools to reduce and eliminate bullying, however it may have added to the stat of cyber bullying due to the “no snitching” clause that society has put emphasis on. Once students become victimized by bullies they fear telling because of the further effect it may have outside the school such as cyber bullying. 90% of teens who reported being bullied online have also been bullied offline. In 2014, the Center for Disease Control reported that 19.6% of high school students in the US report being bullied at school and 14.8% online ("The End of Bullying Begins with You.," 2006). Teachers still have a hard time identify signs of bullying because students do not want to tell that they are being bullied and if they do they are taught to stand up for themselves or ignore it states Jason Chapman, (2016). Evidence of social acceptance may be a leading factor to why the students fail to report the bullying according to (Rivers, Noret, Poteat, & Ashurst, 2009). When I questioned the elementary school teacher on the effects of bullying and why he feels bullying takes place in the school he responded that students environments and their financial situations have a lot to do with bullying rather it is being poor or wealthy. He also felt as suicide was only associated in the suburban communities because youth in the urban cities deal with bullying differently than the youth in the suburbs. When asked if bullying differs from the genders and which one is more frequent amongst boys or girls, he responded that in today’s society girls have the highest rates of bullying then boys because girls have more emotional effects of

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