Bullying is defined as the use of threat, force, or coercion to abuse, intimidate, or dominate others. Unfortunately, this action has become far too common for adolescents across the country. Bullying others based on their race, sexuality, gender, class, or appearance, is unacceptable. Mobbing occurs when one individual is bullied by multiple people. There are a lot of factors that go into defining bullying. And, there are many things that our society can do to discourage such actions.
Here are the four main types of bullying:
Verbal: Saying mean things to another individual.
Physical: hurting or punishing another person’s body.
Social: This goes along with the mob mentality. Bullying someone’s reputation is the main purpose of social intimidation.
Cyber: Bullying that occurs far too often over the internet.
2013 saw a rise in cyber bullying thanks to the explosion of popular social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Some alarming data was published after many surveys were conducted regarding the rise of cyber bullying. Nearly 24% of students that were surveyed, said they had been victims of cyber bullying at some point. This figure was based off the nearly 15,000 middle and high school students surveyed.
According to the research, adolescent girls are just as likely as boys to be victimized on the internet. Cyber bullying is related to a variety of factors, including low self-esteem, anger, and psychological issues. More than 97% of the students that participated in the study, admitted to being online in the previous 30 days. One could conclude that less activity online would decrease the cases of cyber bullying.
The It Gets Better Project is a site designed to help the victims of bullying. This organization is specifically geared towards gay, bisexual, lesbian, and transgender youth. Their goal is to let the youth know that the world does get better after schooling is over.
Thanks to organizations like these, bullying could become a thing of the past!