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No Laughing Matter

posted Oct 8, 2013, 7:21 AM by Travis Redden   [ updated Oct 8, 2013, 7:21 AM ]

  

    
Many people have horrible memories of high school due to the bullying they experienced.  Teenage bullying is a very big problem in schools, and it isn't always physical.  There are many different types, including verbal and emotional harassment.  These types may be less noticeable than physical bullying, but they can still have a large impact on a student.  Additionally, with the Internet now becoming a huge part of many teens' lives, it's no surprise that cyber bullying is starting to increase. 

    Bullying behavior involves when one's focus is making others feel inadequate and vulnerable.  Some actions include harassment, physical harm, and repeatedly saying demeaning words to hurt someone's self esteem.  Bullying is done with the intention of bringing another person down.  Electronic bullying is becoming a real problem inside and out of the school building.  This type of bullying uses instant messaging, cell phone texting, and online social sites like Twitter to embarrass others.  About 30% of teenagers in the US have been involved in bullying, either as the bully or the victim accord to Family First Aid.

    The effects of teenage bullying are many.  There are obvious injuries from physical bullying, but even verbal and emotional bullying can deeply affect a student.  This can lead to depression, drug use, and in extreme circumstances, even suicide.  In some cases teens retaliate and become violent, turning on other classmates in order to get revenge.  Teenagers should be encouraged to seek friends who are supportive and kind.  Also, it's important to have trusted adults, parents, and teachers available to discourage bullying behavior.  It is difficult to totally prevent bullying, especially if it's cyber, but we should still encourage good efforts to reduce school harassment.


by Addison Cage


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