The “bullying is an unwanted aggressive behavior among schoolchildren that involves a real or perceived imbalance of power. This behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated over time. Both the child being bullied and the bully can have serious permanent problems.
Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.
Statistics about “Bullying” show that has become a global phenomenon. A recent study confirmed that bullying is among the main problems facing young people today.
Bullying statistics for 2010 are staggering:
‘About 160,000 children miss their school every day because of the different types of bullying.
-Bullycide, A term used for suicide due to bullying, has soared in 2010 Especially in the use of cyber bullying.
‘More than 2.7 million students have been victims of bullying.
Physical and emotional effects
Persistent bullying can lead to serious health problems that can ruin lives. Victims may experience headaches, anxiety, sleeplessness, and even depression. In fact, the most extreme consequences of bullying are physical, sometimes even to the murder and suicide. Victims may become rolled back, frustrated, cranky and irritable.
Victims of bullying often develop inferiority complexes and therefore their quality of life deteriorates. Bullies also have lifelong consequences. They tend to carry out their bullying behaviour, even in adulthood.
There are three types of bullying: verbal, physical and social.
Verbal harassment refers to words and texts which tend to attack a person. The ways it can acquire are:
-Teasing and moking
-Inappropriate sexual comments
-Use of adjectives to refer to different races, religions
The social harassment involves relational aspects and tends to destroy someone’s reputation or cause problems in relationships between people. The ultimate goal is to turn the bullied in a pariah. Some examples are:
-Leaving a child aside on purpose
-Telling other children to not to be friends with someone else
-Spreading rumors about someone
-Embarrass someone in public
Finally, physical harassment, is the most remarkable. Involves hurting others physically and sometimes extending this assault on their personal belongings.
-Beat / Kicking / pinching
-Take objects from others as personal belongins and/or break them
-Make rude gestures
Harassment occurs in the vicinity of the school environment, either within the school as most of the reported cases, or even nearby or on school bus.
How to improve the situation is getting involved and talking with your children. If you notice a change in their attitude, injuries or damaged school supplies there is a possibly he or she are being a victim of bullying. One way to tackle it is to talk with the parents of the bully but take in mind that many times children are aggressive for what they observe in their own homes. Alert the authorities of the school is another way to avoid aggression and its future development.