Teenagers around the world face a lot of problems, and today I’d like to talk about bullying and the effects.
Many people retain horrible memories from school, in large part due to the bullying they have experienced. According to statistics, at least 30% of all Americans have been involved in bullying, either as the bully or the victim. Over two thirds of students in America, believe that schools respond poorly, infrequent and ineffective to bullying. But it’s important to keep in mind that there are different kinds of bullying, and different solutions:
Physical bullying is the most obvious form of bullying. In this type of bullying, the instigator attempts to physically dominate another person. This usually includes violence and threats, which are designed to instill a fear in the victim, and possibly force him or her to do something.
Verbal bullying is when someone verbally bullies another; he or she uses demeaning language to tear down the victims’ self-image.
Emotional bullying is even more subtle than verbal bullying. Teenage bullying that includes emotional methods aims at getting someone else to feel isolated, alone and may even prompt depression. This type of bullying is designed to get others to ostracize the person being bullied.
Cyber bullying is becoming a very serious problem for teens. This type of bullying uses instant messaging, cell phone text messages and online social networks to humiliate and embarrass others. This can be especially devastating to the people being bullied, since they cannot even find a safe place in the virtual world. Additionally, with the internet becoming such a big part of teens’ lives, it’s no surprise that cyber bullying is increasing.
But it’s not just teens bullying teens anymore. Megan Meier hanged herself, three weeks before her 14th birthday in 2006, after receiving cruel messages on myspace. It turned out that the mother of her best friend had made a false account, to see if Megan was loyal to her daughter. The last message Megan got before her suicide, was “the world would be a better place without you”. Physical bullying is more common among boys, where girls often favor verbal and emotional bullying. Additionally, girls are more likely to use exclusion as a bullying technique than boys are. The effects: There are a number of effects that come with teenage bullying. There are the obvious physical injuries, but bullying can deeply affect teens, and can lead to depression, drug use, poor social development and even suicide.
More parents are allowing their kids to undergo plastic surgery, to make the bullying stop. For example, Nadia Ile. A fourteen year old girl, who had been bullied for many years, because of her looks. In some cases, bullied teens have violent fantasies of attacking their tormentors, in order to get revenge. It turns out that 87 percent of school shooters left behind evidence of them being victims of bullying, including Adam Lanza. The guy that shot 26 people, including his mom. The two students involved in the Columbine massacre were described as gifted students, who had been bullied for years. During the shooting, the boys killed 13, injured 24, and then killed themselves. This I why I think bullying is such a big problem. It’s because of these horrible effects.