Characteristics of School Bullying

Technology has advanced tremendously over the past century. We have discovered new avenues of communication, making it easier to connect with people from various backgrounds and cultures. While the world we live in is getting smaller, due to such innovations in technology, many individuals still hold onto their cultural fears and misconceptions about people. Unfortunately, this fear of change has inspired some individuals to seek control over others by use of verbal harassment or physical force, usually due to arrogance or resentment. Although such inappropriate action may be caused by various reasons, it is commonly referred to as bullying.

Bullying can be defined in many ways, but is popularly understood as the use of physical force or verbal threats to harm and intimidate others. Bullying usually occurs on the grounds of differences in physical appearance, religion, sexuality, or something as simple as an individual’s unique way of accomplishing certain tasks. The victim of such intimidation is referred to as a “target.”

Often times, the platforms for bullying are locations where heavy human interactions occur, like the workplace, and some domestic environments. While bullying can occur in any environment where people meet, this form of aggression has become a recurrent problem in educational institutions. A survey funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development reported in April of 2001 that “more than 16 percent of U.S. school children had been bullied by other students during the current term.”Recently, Family First Aid reported that “about 30 percent of teenagers in the U.S. have been involved in bullying, either as a bully or as a victim of teenage bullying.”

Based on the reports cited, school bullying has increased over the years.The chief aim of school bullying, like other forms of bullying, is to make the victim feel worthless. This can be accomplished by various forms of bully, or a combination thereof, in order to accomplish this task. Listed below are several characteristics of school bullying:

Physical. One of the most obvious forms of bullying is the use of physical force to instill fear in the victim. This may include kicking, punching, and other violent means to achieve this aim.

Verbal. Verbal bullying uses language as its chief weapon ion trying to tear down someone’s self-esteem.  This may include sarcasm, verbally teasing, and certain conversation to cause embarrassment and frustration on behalf of the victim.

Cyber. Over the past few years, bullying through electronic mediums has become more popular. The use of text messaging, email, and online social networks are also tools that some bullies use to attack their victims.

School bullying is a problem that is hard to prevent from occurring, but organizations and methods for doing so have reduced occurrences for such happening. Recurring depression and low self-esteem are just a few of the results of school bullying among many teenagers, which often lead to other problems later in life. We can encourage victims of school bullying by our involvement in helping to find a solution to this problem and taking on an active part in the reduction of such intimidation.