The Troubling Problem Of Bullying By Kenneth P. Nunn

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Bullying, whether it is physical, mental, emotional, or even online, is a very big and troubling issue in the United States today. Throughout the many years of elementary, middle, and high school, odds are most people came across a situation that would be classified as bullying. The problem with this is that very few people actually do something about it. I have seen the effects of what bullying can do to a person, especially someone who is already self-conscious.
Summer camp, after fifth grade, I witnessed someone my age being bullied. He started attending camp during the middle of the summer, and by that time most of us already had made friends. I saw that people would purposely ignore him and make fun of him behind his back. I took matters
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For instance, people are going about the wrong way to try to stop bullying from occurring. Most bullying awareness programs are centered on ideas that involve students telling an adult about the bully and the bully being punished by those adults. That is a summed up version of what happens, but, in general, that is all that occurs in those situations. According to Nunn, “Teaching kids problem solving skills and positive interaction skills are more effective than programs discouraging bullying.” Bullying is not just something that can be dealt with by having an annual presentation on why it is wrong. Children need to be taught how to deal with situations that may occur due to bullying. Teaching children to avoid bullies and to not react is much easier than telling a bully to stop and expect that to make a difference. Bullies are also being dealt with the wrong way. In most instances, there is a bigger issue at hand. Bully’s normally have a reason for picking on someone that they know will not do anything about it. It could be an issue they have with themselves, or an issue that is going on at their home. Instead of immediately punishing them, they need to be talked to and helped. Nunn put it best when he said, “Positive interactions not negative consequences solve

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