I selected bullying because I believe that it is one of the major issues for this generation. I have four boys that are growing in a society where bullying is a major concern of mine. In my opinion, bullying today is at an all-time high at a level much greater than when I was growing up, do not get me wrong there was plenty of bullying back then, regretfully I was a culprit of it myself, more emotional than physical but still not right. Back then it was more pushing and shoving and making kids feel like they were worthless, still not right. Today, there is a lot more to it, guns and knives and death threats. Emotionally, bullies today push the weaker kids to the point of ...view middle of the document...
They found this study that it was some kids confidence and self-esteem were being crushed. Olweus was trying to convince the world that bullying is abuse.( Olweus, D. (1978). Aggression in the schools; bullies and whipping boys.)
There are many definitions of bullying the one I seem to come across in my research the most is, use of force and or verbal threats to force a child or adolescent to do something that he or she does not wish to do and or to humiliate the victim, usually in front of their peers, most likely in the same grade. Some experts have estimated that nearly 30% of school children have been bullied in some fashion. In some cases, bullying is a temporary and minor frustration, in many cases children are so traumatized they develop a huge self-esteem problem, some even think they deserved to be bullied, for many this will last in to their adulthood.( www.safeschools.state.co us)
The characteristics of a bully seem to be the same with all that I have researched. Most bullies have the tendencies of being hot headed, impulsive, dominant, aggressive, lack of
empathy, frustrated, do not like following the rules, and think violence is the only answer. Some experts like Dr. Joel Haber and Dr. Michele Borba say that it all starts from their home life and the way they have been brought up. They all seem to have similar characteristics, lack of warmth and involvement from their parents, lack of parental supervision, and overly permissive parenting. (http://bullyfree.com/freeresources/facts-about-bullying)
In general, bullies seem to attack those who they think will not fight back. Males seem to bully other kids that are smaller than they are, sometimes up to two grade levels below them, most disturbingly they prey on the kids with a handicap, stuttering, mental retardation, obesity, and those with physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy and spina bifida. Males often use physical and verbal abuse towards their victims. Female bullying is different than male bullying, in the females are more likely to use words alone to torment their victims, rather than the threat of physical violence. Females may bully other girls with name calling or by spreading vicious and untrue rumors like their easy or they are trashy about the female victims to other classmate in their click.(www.bullyonline.org)(www.pacer.org/bullying)
There are many types of bullying. Some examples of physical bullying are, hitting, slapping, elbowing, shouldering, kicking, shoving in a harmful or embarrassing way, stealing items from someone, flushing someone’s head in the toilet. Some examples of verbal bullying are, name calling, put downs, insulting remarks, racist remarks, and threats. There is also indirect bullying, some examples of these are, turning your friend’s against each other, destroying status
within a peer group, humiliation and intimidation. There is also cyber bullying, some examples of this is, negative emails, text messages, voicemails,...