Bullying in Schools

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Banks, R. (2000, April). Bullying in Schools. Retrieved May 19, 2014, from http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED407154.pdf Bullying is considered to be a global problem that can have negative consequences. As a result, researchers continue to formulate solutions in which students can feel safe. Bullying can also result in lifelong consequences for both the students who are being bullied, and the students are bullying them. According to the ERIC development team, bullying is comprised of direct behaviors such as teasing, taunting, threatening, hitting, and stealing that are initiated by one or more students against a victim. Whether the bullying is direct or indirect, it tends to cause physical and psychological harm to students. The article mainly focuses on three things: Who is being bullied? how can bullying effect students? And what are some interventions for students who are being bullied? Studies showed that approximately 15% of students are either bullied regularly or are initiators of bullying behavior [Banks, 2000]. Unfortunately, direct bullying seems to increase through the elementary years, peak in the middle school/junior high school years, and decline during the high school years. The focus of bullying depends on certain factors including the size of the school, racial composition, and school setting. A student who engages in bullying needs to feel more powerful and in control. Studies indicate that bullies often come from homes where physical punishment is
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