Bullying Is A Harmful Experience For Students Essay

2210 Words Jul 31st, 2016 9 Pages
Bullying is defined as the ongoing misuse of power in relationships, through repeated verbal, physical and/or social behaviour that causes physical and/or psychological harm (Bullying NoWay, n.d). In a survey conducted of 20, 830 Australian students, aged between 8 and 14 years, one in four reported to have been bullied weekly (Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2014). Bullying is considered to be a harmful experience for students, as it often results in loss of interest regarding school activities, decreased attendance of school due to fearing bullies at school, increased feelings of sadness and loneliness. In severe cased frequent bulling, can results in developing depression, anxiety and low self-esteem. In the incident of bullying, teachers are often not present at the sight and it is often fellow peers/students who witness the scene. These people on the ‘sideline’ are what are classified as bystanders. A bystander is observes the bulling incidents and is present at the time (Active Bystander Program, 2004) and though most people would assume that bystanders are people who don’t intervene; there are in fact four different types of bystanders. Bystanders can support the bully by cheering them on and/or even join in the bullying; they can provide direct help by physically intervening, by either telling the bully to stop or taking the victim away from the situation or can provide indirect help by consoling the victim after the incident has occurred and/or reporting…

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