Bullying: An Overview

What is bullying? It is a form of aggressive behavior towards a person or group. It is also defined as persistent acts intended to make life unpleasant for another person. It may involve verbal harassment, physical assault or coercion. Unfortunately, it is a common part of childhood and the victim of bullying is sometimes referred to as a "target."

Bullying consists of three basic types of abuse: emotional, verbal and physical. This can happen at a school, workplace, cyber world, at a prison, in the military, and to a person (gay, disabled, etc).

Bullying in school sometimes consists of a group of students abusing or assaulting one student in particular and gaining the loyalty of bystanders who want to avoid themselves from becoming the next victim.

Workplace bullying on the other hand often takes place within the established rules and policies of the organization or an institution.

Cyber bullying includes, but is not limited to, abuse using email, instant messaging, text messaging, websites, social networking sites, etc.

Bullying in a prison is inevitable when many of the prisoners are there for aggressive crimes and most of them were bullies at school and sometimes the prison staff initiated bullying with the inmates. 

Bullying in the military involves the use of physical strength or the abuse of authority to victimize others, or to give unlawful punishments. 

Gay bullying is an expression used to designate verbal or physical abuses or assaults that are direct or indirect in nature by a person or group against a person who is gay, lesbian, bisexual, or of questionable sexual orientation.

Disabled person bullying is not limited to those who are visibly disabled such as wheelchair-users or physically deformed.

What is the effect of bullying? It can be serious and even fatal and statistics show that it can lead to several suicides. 

What does the government do with these acts of abuse and assaults towards others?  In the Philippines, where bullying occurs mostly in the school and the victims are the students, Antonio “Sonny” F. Trillanes IV introduced and filled a bill in 2008, Senate Bill 2943 which states that:

"Bullying among students is a problem that has plagued schools since the beginning of institutionalized education, yet it is a problem that remains poorly understood and difficult to define. Today, school bullying appears to be more prevalent and more serious than in previous decades, involving more  vicious conduct and deadlier outcomes.

Bullying, intimidation and harassment, if unchecked, can have dangerous consequences. The U.S. Department of Health recognizes bullying and harassment as major health problem which are both widespread and potentially a serious threat to the health and well-being of children and youth. Children involved in bullying either as victims or perpetrators have a more difficult time in school, a higher prevalence of psychological and psychosomatic symptoms, and are more likely to report common health problems. According to the surveys of Public Health Data Watch conducted in 2002, to the kids in King County in Washington:
  • Youths who are harassed at school are almost three times as likely to carry a weapon to school.
  • Students who are harassed are more likely to report being part of a gang.
  • Harassed students were much more likely to report engaging in self-endangering or harmful behaviors, including a dramatic increase in heavy drug use; they are also twice as likely to consider and or attempt suicide.
In recognition of the impact that bullying and harassment has on children, this representation aims to pass the Anti-Bullying Act as a way to encourage school districts across the country to create proactive policies and measures to protect children. This bill shall require school districts to adopt policies  prohibiting harassment, intimidation, and bullying. The Anti-Bullying Act shall require each school district in the country to develop a policy that prohibits the harassment, intimidation, or bullying of any student and to share information about the policy with students, employees, parents, guardians, and volunteers."

Here are some tips to consider if you or your children are being bullied.
  • Spend time with your group or friends because it has been noted that bullies hardly pick on people if they are with others in a group.
  • Tell an adult (teacher, principal, parent, friend's parent, yor relative, etc.) whom you can trust 
  • For autism children at school, parents or any cause-oriented group shall provide the school with books and reference materials about autism and bullying
Participate in Facebook Stop Bullying: Speak Up group.

"Bullying hurts our kids. It can have a lasting and damaging impact on their lives – sometimes more than we realize. Our goal is to raise awareness of the simple, yet powerful actions that parents, kids, and educators can take to prevent bullying. We hope to inspire millions of bystanders to take action by speaking up when they see bullying and to grow a community committed to ending bullying."

Among the reported bullies in their group site are shown below:

this guy is a bully.he has been harrassing me.he lures girls to his sight with the promise of a career in his so called porn company.starts fights then deletes them and harrasses them forever.he gets back on facebook even though he's been reported and deleted before.this guy is sicko.get him off and keep him off facebook

Mary J. Jackson III http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1208147/First-cyberbully-jailed-Facebook-death-threats.html

Keeley Houghton, 18, boasted on her Facebook page that she would kill Emily Moore, 18, who she had bullied since they were at school together.

Speak up now! A lot of people against bullying have already spoken up. Click this link to take action.


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