Tyler became very depressed and started to believe is classmates, he said he felt like he didn’t belong. At the young age of 1 1, Tyler hung himself because he felt so desperate to end the cruelty he was going through while being bullied. Tyler story is told in the documentary Bully which shows five students personal experiences in bullying and tells their story. Not only does the movie look at the personal experience of the victims but how it affects the parents, community, and any witnesses. Bullying is affecting all schools and plays a very dangerous role in society. At any given time 25% of United States students are the targets of bullying and bout 20% are engaged in bullying behavior” according to the National Association of School Psychologists. This statistic shows how bullying is affecting students in school systems around the Nation. When you bully someone, you directly affect their happiness, and in some unfortunate extreme cases their life. Researchers have discovered a strong connection between bullying and depression. Depression is a mental illness that may have a range of causes, but it has clear relationship to bullying.
Both bullies and their victims are probable to suffer from depression as teens and more likely to suffer from depression as an adult. Depression has very serious effects on a person’s life. Teens who commit suicide often suffer from depression. Many problems can be developed once someone develops depression like low self-esteem, anxiety, physical illness, and high rates of school absences. “Approximately 1 60,000 teens skip school every day because of bullying’ according to the National Association of School Psychologists.
This static shows how bullying in schools have a negative effect on the students school performance. “Bullying is one of the most underrated and enduring problems in schools today and is a reality in the ivies of all children, whether they are bullies, victims or witnesses. ” According to Bully Beware a website devoted to bully awareness, developed by three experienced teachers and counselors in Canada. Bullying is affecting countless students in all schools and this issue is not only increasing but bully awareness is too.
The attention has been brought to bullying by new book, movies, ad campaigns, and news channels that feature bullying experiences and stories, statistics and inspirational messages. Many famous celebrities have spoken out about bullying and focus has been brought to building bully awareness. Bullying is defined as repeatedly harming others. This can be done by physical attack or by hurting other feelings through words, actions, or social exclusion. Bullying may be done by one person or by a group. According to Richard J.
Hazier an author of “Breaking the Cycle of Violence: Interventions for Bullying and Factorization”, a book that is developed to break the cycle of violence. It’s not difficult to spot a bully among a group of students in school. Some ways to spot a bully is to watch for students that seem to have a problem with authority and lookout for someone who seems to act violent. Male and female bullies are different and have different traits and different things to look for. Male bullies are often aggressive and assertive and are typically of an athletic build.
Male bullies will use “gay’ slurs and crude female references in their verbal assaults. While girl bullies attempt to make their victim think that they are not popular and hated by everyone. Female bullies are also aggressive and assertive but are often more focused on isolating other girls from their clique then imposing physical pain to their victim. According to statistics from the 2008-2009 School Crime Supplement says that an adult is only informed about a third of the time in bullying cases. Kids don’t tell adults for many reasons. Bullying can make a child feel helpless.
Some victims may want to handle it on their own to feel in control again. They may fear being seen as weak or a tattletale. Some warning signs to tell if a student is being bullied are looking for unexplained injury, feeling sick or faking illness, changes in eating habits, difficulty sleeping, declining grades, loss of possessions, decreased self-esteem, and loss of friends. After identifying a child is being bullied it’s important to create a plan of action. Adults can keep kids safe by intervening immediately when witnessing bullying.
It’s important that teachers and school personal respond to bullying because bullying has a solid impact on the students school performance. The recent attention bullying has receiving from researchers and the media has created a strong mission to end bullying once and for all. Many new rules and policies have been adopted by schools as way to protect their students. The zero tolerance policy for bullying is a policy that requires authority figures to have no tolerance for any form of bullying in any way.
The zero tolerance logic asks the question, “Did this student engage in behavior that is defined as bullying? ” If the answer is yes, then the punishment is applied. Supporters of zero tolerance policies say this if a student bullies another student despite the zero tolerance policy, that student should be punished. Some naysayer are saying that in order for this to work there needs to be middle ground when it comes to the zero tolerance policy that allows school faculty the leeway to exercise fairness and the flexibility to enforce the punishment that fits the crime.
Every example bullying should have some consequence, but hat doesn’t mean it is fair for every offense to be met with the harshest punishment possible. Some schools with zero tolerance policies have been hit with lawsuits claiming that the policy is unfair. The parents who file these lawsuits and the critics of zero tolerance punishment believe that all-or- nothing approach to disciplining children goes against the basic principles of educating children. They believe that zero tolerance is harsh and children are treated as criminals without investigation of the circumstances.
A new solution, the No Bully System a step by step process and set of intervention o stop and prevent bullying in the school systems worldwide. The No Bully System guides staff through a series of interventions for responding to bullying. According to an Independent studies of the No Bully System revealed that the program stops bullying in over 80% of cases and that the success continued at a three-month follow up. (See figure 1) The No Bully System distinguishes that most students bully because of any personal challenges they face for example a hard home life or any lack in social and emotional skills.
This nonprofit organization offers a program that guarantees hat students receive help to fix any of the underlying causes of their behavior. Figure 1: “During 2009-2010 independent research study in the San Francisco Bay Area found that No Bully-trained teachers, counselors and school principals who used Solution [email protected] to resolve incidents of student bullying achieved an success rate. As the chart shows, this held true three months later. ” With all the attention on bullying and the new polices and anti- bullying systems being created hopefully schools will become a safe zone for students and the issues of bullying will decline.
According to Carla Gritty, a hill psychologist with a PhD in the Denver area who wrote an article for an academic journal about Bully Proofing Your School: Creating a Positive Climate states that: The traditional focus on affected individuals (bullies and victims) is an important step, but developing more effective methods to handle school violence demands an overall school standard that influences the climate of the school and diminishes the sense of fear.
This creates a climate that supports positive interactions within the school community and reinforces a positive, proclaim climate. This also alleviates spending inordinate amounts of time on negative behaviors. Bully Proofing Your School offers a systems approach for handling school violence, one in which the “caring majority” sets the tone of the school, holds the power, and gains the attention of the school and community. Gritty, Jensen, Porter, Sager, & Short- Camilla, 1994) According to Bully Beware a website devoted to bully awareness, says “When children know that the school they attend actively works to make the learning environment a safe environment, and that bullying is not tolerated, they can afford to relax their guard and divert more f their attention to learning rather than staying safe. ” Creating a safe environment where all children can feel safe can effectively take away the fear the bully creates and instead creates a foundation where student can reach their full potential learning. Work Cited “Bully” MIDI.
Amazon. 18 October 2013. Web. 19 November 2013. The website MIDI describes voluminous movies and explains the description, the cast, storyline, genre, rating, quotes, trivia, and directors and writers. In the documentary Bully, the movie follows five students and shares their personal experiences in bullying and tells their story. Not only does the movie look at the personal experience of the victims but how it affects the parents, community, and any witnesses. Gritty C, And O. Bully Proofing Your School: Creating a Positive Climate. Intervention In School And Clinic [serial online]. March 1, 1997.
Available from: ERIC, Physics, MA. 19 November 2013. This academic journal identifies the components of school programs necessary for preventing physical or emotional “bullying. ” The need for a systems approach that places power with the “caring majority” and encourages the assertive use f proclaim interventions is stressed, along with the importance of training all school staff and non-bullying students. Specific ways to support victims of bullying are listed. Harps, Beth]. “Children’s Health: Bullying a Red Flag for Depression. ” N. P. , n. D. 21 Cot. 2013. Web. 19 November 2013..
This news article by Beth Harps describes the impact of bullying and the strong connection to depression and serious side effects on a person’s life. Many problems can be developed once someone develops depression like low self- esteem, anxiety, physical illness, and high rates of school absences. The static explained in the article shows how bullying in schools have a negative effect on the students school performance. Hazier, R. J. Breaking the cycle of violence: Interventions for bullying and factorization. Washington, D. C. : Accelerated Development. Print. Available online from: ERIC. 19 November 2013.
This book is developed to break the cycle of violence and gives teachers and faculty member’s informative information and advice to dealing with bullying in schools. The purpose is to give practical intervention and prevention techniques available for dealing with bullying. This site has a step- by-step model for helping the victims improve their relationship and gives a clear picture of who the school bullies and victims are and how their problems begin. Kaiser, S. Safe child research: What we now know. Retrieved from Coalition for Children Inc. , Safe Child Program. Web. November 19, 2013 < http://www. safechild. rg/ Program la. htm> This website is by a non-profit children’s advocacy organization and authored by an education expert, the purpose of the site is to inform people on the last decade of research on bullying. Among the information presented is that lulling should be addressed beginning in preschool and that young children benefit most from role-playing and experiential learning opportunities that allow them to rehearse prevention strategies. This site is very useful for both parents and teachers who want practical advice on ways to cope with this problem and any researchers looking for more information and studies.