Bullying In Classrooms And Schools By Phyllis Kaufman Goodstein
Chapter 3 and 11 are the main chapters I focused on. Within chapter 3, The Facts, each fact is backed up with statistics and citations. Many people are unaware of the real facts and should be informed of them. Where do you think the majority of bullying occurs? Playgrounds, homes, crowded places, or schools? If you said schools, you are correct; the majority of bullying occurs in educational institutions. (Nansel, Overpeck, Haynie, Ruan, & Scheidt, 2003; Williams, Chambers, Logan, & Robinson, 1996). Places such as locker rooms, bathrooms, and parking lots are high-risk bullying zones. “Bullying occurs twice per hour in the classroom and every seven minutes on the school playground (Atlas & Pepler, 1998; Craig & Pepler, 1997). Once a routine is established this abuse can continue for …show more content…
Many people believe ‘Bullying is a normal part of life, accept it!’ This is sadly a part of life, but not a normal one. Bullying is an abnormal behavior and is not condoned in civilized societies. ‘Kids will be kids.’ This is inaccurate, “kids will be kids” means running, playing, and talking, not bullying other children. ‘Bullied children need to stand up and fight back.’ Children who are bullied should not stand up and fight back. When a child who was bullied stood up and fought back the situation worsened 49% of the time (Davis & Nixon, 2010a). Also, ‘those who bully will grow out of it.’ Many children who bully do not grow out of their antisocial behavior. I also chose to focus on chapter 11, Peer Support Programs. Peer support programs are not only for the bullied but they are also for the bullies. Many times it is easier to talk to and take advice from people who are your age, this is why peer support is a widely used resource, and a successful one at that.
“Befriending is the most common form of peer support.” Befriending is defined as acting as a friend to (someone) by offering help or support. It can be an informal program where participants spend time together doing whatever they wish. Befriending helps lessen stress and provides a friend who can help prevent future