Bullying in the School
Bullying is any behavior that is initiated by one or more students against a victim or victims that causes physical or psychological intimidation. It is a very popular disease among school students today. It can cause long-term problems for both the victims of bullying and the bullies themselves. Bullies may be specified as endangered species who make ridicule of others for their own fun. These behaviors can be classified as either direct (such as teasing, threatening, hitting, or stealing) or indirect (such as rumor spreading or social isolation). Students with money power try to harm other students and cease their dignity and innocence for the entire school life. Boys typically employed direct methods of bullying, while girls tend to use indirect methods.
Bullying means to intimidate other students (in school or college context) to do what one wants. Bullying in schools is a systemic problem that affects all schools. One should never do a wrong thing to make friends. It is a repeated aggressive behavior characterized by a power imbalance and the intent to cause harm. Just for the sake of impressing other classmates, one should not attempt anything wrong that may harm a credulous student in any way. Students who are bullied often feel threatened and powerless.
Types of Bullying –
The three types of bullying students can experience are direct bullying, indirect bullying, and cyberbullying. Within these categories lies verbal, physical, and social or relational bullying.
Direct bullying is a combination of both verbal and physical bullying. When the bullies try to physically hurt or torture someone, or even touch someone without his/her consent can be termed as physical bullying. Verbal bullying involves spoken comments or written information that is emotionally damaging to the targeted student. It is when a person taunts or teases the other person. An example of direct bullying is hitting a student while also calling them rude names or using foul language.
Indirect bullying or psychological bullying is mainly verbal and is experienced frequently in schools. When a person or group of persons gossip about another person or exclude them from being part of the group, it can be termed as psychological bullying. An example of such behavior would be students spreading false information about another student with the intent to cause humiliation.
The rise of technology has taken bullying on the internet. When bullies make use of social media to insult or hurt someone. Cyberbullying is when students use email or social media platforms like Facebook to write damaging content. They may make comments bad and degrading comments on the person at the public forum and hence make the other person feel embarrassed.
A common form of cyberbullying is sharing a student’s private photos or videos without their consent. Bullies may also post personal information, pictures, or videos on social media to deteriorate some one’s public image. This form of bullying is more insidious and often takes place off of school grounds, so it is more difficult for teachers to detect and address.
Bullying does not only impact the students but also their family and classmates. It can happen at any stage of life, such as school bullying, College bullying, Workplace bullying, Public Place bullying, etc. Friends and classmates of the student who is bullied may feel powerless to help, guilt over not standing up for the target, and fearful of becoming the next target. Hence the victim gradually starts losing his/her self-esteem, and may also suffer from psychological disorders.