Bullying: A Growing Epidemic In Our World Today

Bullying is one of the largest and most concerning epidemics in our world today. Bullying can be defined as unwanted or aggressive behavior among any age group, but is usually school aged children. It usually involved a real or perceived power imbalance. Also, the behavior is repeated or has potential to be repeated. Bullying often includes actions such as threats, rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and intentionally excluding someone from a group. As previously stated, bullying often affects school aged children. There are many roles that children can play when it comes to bullying. They can bully others, they can be bullied, or they may possibly witness bullying. When children are involved in bullying, they often play more …show more content…
Social bullying is often seen in cliques or social groups. These groups will attack someone to make them look more powerful and in control. Bullying of any kind is not just the victim’s problem. It is also the problem of anyone who witnesses it. Social bullies should always be held accountable. Their actions should always be reported and consequences should take place. This should occur all the time, no matter where or when the bullies attempt to hurt others. Measures should be taken to protect the victim and the offenders should be disciplined. Appropriate handling of any situation that involves bullying is crucial to prevent it from happening again or harming the victim’s reputation. The most common form of bullying in today’s society is cyberbullying. The access to technology now gives bullies a new platform for their actions. Cyberbullying is most common with children and teenagers and is seen all around the world. Cyberbullying is the use of technology to harass, threaten, embarrass, or target another person. It may include text messages, emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social media, embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or even fake profiles. It is formally defined as willful and repeated harm inflicted through the use of computers, cell phones, or other electronic …show more content…
The most effective way to prevent cyberbullying is to not respond. This is very important because if someone bullies you, your reaction is exactly what the bully wants. Also, you should not retaliate. Getting back at the bully turns you into one and that reinforces the bully’s behavior. You should help to avoid the cycle of aggression. When preventing cyberbullying it is also important to save the evidence. A good thing about cyberbullying is that it can be documented. Messages, emails, or pictures can be captured, saved, and shown to someone who can help. A trusted adult should also be involved. If cyberbullying involves social media, which nowadays it usually does, you should block the bully. Being civil is also important in these situations.
Being a friend and not a bystander is very important when it comes to cyberbullying. Watching the situation play out or forwarding messages along can only hurt the situation. Actions like these only empower the bully and ultimately hurt the victim even more. The bullies should be told to stop and should be aware that harassment makes them look immature and mean. Their behavior is unacceptable. If the bully can’t be stopped, the victim should be helped and the behavior should be

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