Bullying has been a problem in schools for a long time, and unless you were part of the problem, chances are your life was impacted by the acts of bullies. Starting from being pushed down on the playground by that Kindergartner that just always seems to want to start trouble, or being busted down for your lunch money in High School, bullies were there to make each day at school miserable. Today bullies have gained new methods by which to torment their victims, and the internet is becoming their favorite playground.
Cyberbullying is on the rise, and has become more and more pernicious as new tools are made available to them. Venues like Snapchat, Facebook, Whisper, and dozens of others have been leveraged to take bullying to social media, and able to be performed on victims around the world. No longer is bullying a local problem, but a global one.
Bullying is a really serious situation, with 160,000 students missing school every day due to the worry and fear of being bullied or intimidated by other students. This bullying starts early, with 1 in 7 students falling into one of two categories, Bully or victim. That means that over 282,000 kids are attacked in schools every month of the year, and that’s far too many by anyone’s standards.
What kind of bullies are there?
Bullying is typically separated into four different categories, but all of them are deeply harmful and can lead to dangerous consequences for both the bully and the bullied.
Physical – This is pretty straight-forward, and involves all kinds of physical violence, from tripping and spitting to full out punching and kicking assaults. Even damaging or taking someone else’s things can be classified as physical bullying.
Verbal – Whether it’s simple name calling, or targeted jokes of a sexual or racist nature, verbal abuse can be some of the longest lasting and most damaging forms of bullying. Broken bones heal, but the tapes these leave in your children’s minds are harder to erase.
Indirect – This is essentially rumor mongering and shunning, and most recently includes a sub-category of cyber-bullying.
Cyber-Bullying – While there are seven different classifications, it’s quite simply any form of bullying done via digital venues. Youtube, Email, Chatrooms, Websites, IM, any of these and more can qualify, and the bullies keep getting more creative.
What can I do to celebrate Stop Bullying Day?
Don’t be a bystander, if you hear people bullying others or see it going on, step up and say something. Bullying is a crime, and leads to thousands of children being heavily impacted each year. So if you’re in school, report it to your teachers, if on the street to the authorities, and the same goes for cyberbullying.