Sticks And Stones Defeating The Culture Of Bullying By Emily Bazelon Analysis

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Emily Bazelon discussed the national topic of bullying in her lecture, “Sticks and Stones” Defeating the Culture of Bullying”. Bazelon starts by defining bullying as a commonly misunderstood concept. She argues that not all conflicts between children are considered bullying. Bullying, Bazelon believes, should be a narrow term, which excludes drama or regular two-seeded conflict; consequently, she regards bullying as repetitive behavior that is a “campaign to make someone miserable”. In other words, bullying is not a fight; it is one-sided. In addition, states in the “Sticks and Stones” presentation that bullying cuts across all areas of income and gender; thus, bullying affects all types of adolescents. Overall, Bazelon wants to narrow the …show more content…
The first method Bazelon suggests to limit bullying is “the garden” metaphor. Like a garden that has to slowly grow in order to flourish, an emphasis on moral and character development should be put into the fabric of the community, replacing the hostility or aggressiveness, which is created by child academic or social competition. Another technique Bazelon discuses to diminish bullying are the bystander’s influence. She points out that both cyber and face-to-face bullying typically occur in front of an audience and on average only twenty percent of bystanders stand up to the bullies. Bazelon notes that stereotypical Hollywood-heroic actions are not needed to stand up to a bully. Small shows of solidarity can make a difference in the victim’s life or persuade the bully to stop. The third tactic Bazelon recommends that people should take against bullying is the campaign approach. By having students post flyers around school or create video advertisements, adolescents will constantly see the message “Stop Bullying”—or something of that nature—while they are at school or in their community. This approach helps children realize that they have control over their school or community’s culture. Lastly, Bazelon presents the approach of having older peers, who the students have a connection with, help victims of bullying. She …show more content…
For instance, she argues that there are different types of bullies: the traditional bully, the bully-victim and the mean girl or boy. The traditional bully uses his physical strength and aggression to bully other weaker children; however, this type of bullying, today, is not commonly experienced. In addition, the bully-victim is a type of bully who both is the bully and the victim. This type of individual has the most serious psychological problems and when they act as the victim, they are crying for help. Lastly, the mean girl or boy is currently the most popular type of bullying children face. This bully has many more social skills than the traditional bully or the bully-victim. In addition, this individual has a developed sense of empathy, but chooses not to care about how they make their victims feel. This type of bullying involved gossip, exclusion, and online harassment. Looking at bullying in these types of categories, one can develop a better sense of what type of bully one is dealing with and the proper approaches to stop the

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