Bullying has become a major problem in our classrooms, playgrounds, workplaces, and over the Internet. But an increasing number of people and organizations have begun to fight back in order to educate as many people as possible about the devastating effects bullying can have.
February 27th is anti-bullying day in Canada - better known as Pink Shirt Day - a day set aside to bring awareness to bullying issues and the devastating effects it can have.
What is bullying?
Bullying is a form of repeated,and aggressive behaviour directed at children, teenagers, or adults. The behavior is intended to cause fear, distress, or harm to another person's body, feelings, self-esteem or reputation. Bullying usually involves an imbalance of power.
Bullying can come in a number of different forms
Verbal bullying: name calling, sarcasm, teasing, spreading rumours, threatening, making negative references to a person's culture, ethnicity, race, religion, gender or sexual orientation, unwanted sexual comments.
Social bullying: mobbing, scapegoating, excluding others from a group, humiliating others with public gestures or graffiti intended to put others down.
Physical bulling: hitting, poking, pinching, chasing, shoving, coercing, destroying or stealing belongings, unwanted sexual touching.
Cyber bullying: using the Internet or text messaging to intimidate, put down, lie, spread rumours or make fun of someone. messaging to intimidate, put-down, spread rumours or make fun of someone.
How common is bullying?
According to the National Education Association, it is estimated that 160, 000 children in the United States miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students.
56% of students have personally witnessed some type of bullying at school.
- 15% of all school absenteeism is directly related to fears of being bullied at school.
- 71% of students report incidents of bullying as a problem at their school.
- 282,000 students are physically attacked in secondary schools each month.
- Approximately one in 10 children have bullied others and as many as 25% of children in grades four to six have been bullied.
- A 2004 study published in the medical Journal of Pediatrics found that about one in seven Canadian children aged 11 to 16 are victims of bullying.
- Studies have found bullying occurs once every seven minutes on the playground and once every 25 minutes in the classroom.
- In the majority of cases, bullying stops within 10 seconds when peers intervene, or do not support the bullying behaviour.
- Students are most vulnerable to bullying during transitions from elementary to junior high school, and from junior to senior high school.
To find out more about bullying:
Words in the News: Cyber Bully
"The Daily Mail leads on a mother who has won a landmark legal case
against Facebook after being sent death threats by so-called internet
‘trolls’." Full story
+ VOCABULARY + LINKS (englishblog.com)
"Bullying is the act of intentionally causing harm to others through verbal harassment, physical assault, or other more subtle methods of coercion such as manipulation..."
- One in five children is bullied online
"One in five children aged eight to 11 is a victim of cyberbullying attacks, a new report from charity Beatbullying has found...
The bullying prevention group surveyed over 1,500 primary school pupils, finding that 21 per cent had been "deliberately targeted, threatened or humiliated by an individual or group" using technology (telegraph.co.uk)
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How does bullying affect people? Read my next post.