November 12, 2014
The article recognizes three main types of school bullying: verbal, physical and relational bullying. I used to think bullying is just part of growing up and a way for young people to learn to stick up for themselves. Bullying is a complex and old problem with many factors causing its prevalence in our schools. Understanding these factors is the first step to solving the problem of bullying. Also understanding the powers struggles that lead to bullying means a greater chance of finding methods to help stop it.
Bullying can make young people feel lonely, unhappy and frightened. It makes them feel unsafe and think there must be something wrong with them. They lose confidence and may not want to go to school any more. It can cause emotional, physical, psychological damage to a person. Bullying has a negative impact on everyone involved; the target, the bully and the bystanders.
Bullying may involve physical aggression such as fighting, shoving, or kicking; verbal aggression such as name calling; or more subtle acts such as socially isolating another child. With the increase in numbers of personal computers at home, youth have also learned to use email and websites to bully or harass others.
Ralston, Jennifer uses the Columbine Shooting as an example of school bullying. The Columbine shooters were victims of harassment and bullied from their peers. I also believe besides being bullied they both had disturbed personalities with prominent antisocial, narcissistic, and sadistic traits.
Ralston is a firm believer that bullying is a learned behavior that can be prevented through prevention programs. Effective bullying prevention programs are being used in
progressive school systems throughout the country. It's important for parents, students, teachers, and school administrators to understand and learn to manage bullying that...