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  • Aanika Ayare

Bullying

What is Bullying? Bullying is an extremely common, complicated, and damaging form of violence among children and adolescents. Bullying is defined as unwanted, aggressive behaviour involving a real or perceived social power imbalance. Hence, it excludes occasional or minor incidents. These actions are intended to hurt or make the victim uneasy.


Bullying displays itself in many forms. It can be physical, verbal, relational, or cyber. It can be subtle and elusive too. The most practised form of bullying for both genders is verbal bullying, like name-calling. Although bullying is more common in schools, it can take place anywhere. In recent years, cyber-bullying has increased due to electronic devices becoming more recurrent.

Children who are weaker, different, or distanced from their peers may end up attracting bullies. To avoid bullying cases these steps should be followed: Teach children not to bully, discourage bullying and improve supervising facilities in under-supervised areas like playgrounds, canteens, and public transport vehicles.

According to the country’s National Centre for Educational Statistics, 1 in 3 children (27.8%) report being bullied during the school year. It occurs with greater consistency among middle school children.


Signs that a child may be a victim of bullying include:

  • Injuries or illness without a physical explanation

  • Having lost or damaged belongings

  • Avoidance of school or social situations

  • Decreased self-esteem

  • Hurting Themselves.

Bullying can cause several issues such as stress and frostbite (injury to body tissues caused by being exposed to the harsh cold.) Many researchers believe that bullying is a group process and therefore interventions against bullying should be targeted at the peer-group level rather than at individual bullies and victims. Bullying is a major issue for both the bully and the victim. To stop bullying one of the best things to do is to provide a supportive and safe environment.



Bibliography:

  1. Waseem, Muhammad. “Bullying” Statpearls. n.d. Web. 28 Feb, 2022. <https://www.statpearls.com/ArticleLibrary/viewarticle/35910>

  2. Waseem, Muhammad. “Bullying” Ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. n.d. Web. 28 Feb, 2022. <https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK441930/>

  3. M, Waseem. “Bullying” PubMed. n.d. Web. 28 Feb, 2022. <https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28722959/>


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