An End to Bullying: A Look at Some of the Causes of Bullying and Possible Ways to Correct Them

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Recently, the topic of bullying amongst pre-teens and teenagers has gained national recognition. Devastating stories of student suicides due to bullying have brought the issue to the forefront of American attention. A number of television news channels have aired specials about the issue, including Anderson Cooper’s in-depth coverage on his CNN program. President Barack Obama has addressed the topic of bullying, most notably when he held a conference at the White House in March of 2010. An Associated Press release about that conference quotes the President as remarking that we must “dispel the myth that bullying is just a harmless rite of passage or an inevitable part of growing up. It's not” (“Obama: Bullying”). Clearly, Americans are …show more content…
723). While this is just one study, it indicates that often times it is difficult to recognize when bullying occurs. This is not necessarily the fault of the other students or teachers. They are very busy with their own lives and responsibilities. It can be difficult to tell when others are just teasing each other or if they are participating in a more serious form of victimization. When the school community is not aware of the bullying that is occurring, they may not even know the problem exists. Without this awareness, the bullying continues to go on and become worse. It would occur anyway, but this lack of knowledge about the situation can make it happen more often and with more severity. In order to correct this, awareness must be raised. Discussions should be open between educators and students. Students should be encouraged to anonymously report signs of bullying they see around them to counselors and teachers. If educators are made aware of the situation, measures can be taken to solve individual problems and reduce the occurrence overall. In addition to raising general awareness of bullying at school, something must also be done to address the rising trend of bullying in the digital world. In the past, bullying primarily occurred in person. There were no other avenues for this victimization to take place. However, with the rise of digital

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