Identification: The Consequences Of The Problem Of Bullying

1719 Words 7 Pages
One of the biggest issues revolves around identification: What is bullying, exactly? “The core elements of the definition include: unwanted aggressive behavior; observed or perceived power imbalance; and repetition of behaviors or high likelihood of repetition” (stopbullying.gov). There are many different types of bullying and they can be direct or indirect but the commonality is the negative effect on the victim. In some cases bullying can be construed as criminal actions, such as harassment, hazing, assault and more.
The National Center for Educational Statistics published that 22% of teens between the ages of 12 and 18 reported bullying at school. Four percent of students were threatened with harm and another three percent had personal
…show more content…
Educators have studied bullying as a phenomenon, since schooling began. This problem is not native to the United States and is not a new problem. Anytime people congregate and are not able to pick the people they surround themselves with, bullying is likely to occur. Hyojin Koo wrote, “Bullying is not a contemporary problem, but has always been a part of life. The first significant journal article which addressed bullying among young people was written by Burk (1897), but since then there was a long gap before the issue was taken up again” (Koo, 2009). The biggest changes are in the types of bullying that occurs. In the 18th-early 20th century the bullying was primarily physical in nature and involved someone stronger extorting or harming a student with less perceived power. In modern times the bullying is reported to be more physiological in nature with insults, facial expressions and mean gestures. (Koo, 2009) Cyber bullying is also a new phenomenon that is a legitimate concern for society. With the ever increasing availability of social media and Internet access, cyber space is a territory that it is unlikely that administrators will be able to police. The perceived lack of supervision makes cyber bullying all the more likely. Some school systems outline this question in their board policy manual and their student handbook. The following is one example of this as it pertains to one …show more content…
The most obvious instances came when Alex Libby was on the bus, and he was hit and called profane names without anyone to stop it. Tyler’s parents admit that he was bullied in the physical education locker room and hallways, and it was rare to see any teachers or administrators in the halls of the school when students were there. In fact, one assistant principal watched from a window as students loaded the buses. When teachers do see the bullying behavior one student suggested, “teachers shrug it off and think they did something to deserve it”. Additionally, the students indicate that a tremendous amount of bullying occurs through cyber environments and social media, which have virtually no administrative supervision unless cell phones are addressed through school

Related Documents