We’ve all faced difficulties in our lives at some point, but in my opinion, bullying is one of the worst things anyone can go through, especially when it’s on a daily basis. Bullying is an aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. It is the use of force or threat to abuse or intimidate others. It is an age-old problem that most likely will not be solved, but could be prevented.Bullying can happen anywhere. It could be at the park, at school, at a mall or even on social media sites. The use of cell phones, instant messaging, e-mail, or social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to harass, threaten or intimidate someone is called cyberbullying. I personally find cyberbullying more dangerous than physical and verbal bullying because anyone can act anonymously on social medias and spread offenses over the web for everyone to see, which in that case could lead the person being bullied into depression, lower self-esteem and even self-harm. When I was in eighth grade, I had a classmate who used to always get bullied by others in school. He told the principal about it, but all the bullies did was stop harassing and threatening him for one week then continued after that. I felt very sorry for him that he had to go through bullying everyday. Students started a bullying campaign to spread awareness in our school, but it wasn’t effective enough. Only the minority cared about it. One day, I was passing by the kindergarten section at my school and saw some kids using this act of violence. I was shocked when I found out that bullying started at such a young age.According to facts and statistics: 90% of 4th through 8th graders report being victims of bullying, 282,000 students are physically attacked in secondary schools each month, bullied victims are 7 to 9% more likely to consider suicide and 1 out of every 10 students who drops out of school does so because of repeated bullying. In conclusion, I think that we should all take this matter seriously and effective programs should be practiced starting from early years stages in order to prevent this issue from progressing in higher grades.
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- Bullying definition http://www.stopbullying.gov/what-is-bullying/definition/
- Bullying facts and statistics http://www.makebeatsnotbeatdowns.org/facts_new.html
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- Cyberbullying definition http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/cyberbullying
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