Implementing Bullying Awareness Programs: A Bright Change for the Future

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"A person is bullied when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other persons, and he or she has difficulty defending himself or herself." Dan Olweus (Olweus1). Bullying effects millions of kids on a daily basis and will most likely never cease to stop. According to international studies, bullying is common and affects anywhere from nine to fifty-four percent of children (Parker-Pope). Statistics also show that seventeen percent of students in grades sixth through tenth reported having been bullied "sometimes" or more with eight percent being bullied once a week, and ninteen percent said they had been a bully to others "sometimes" or more (Olweus2). Bullying has the capability of…show more content…
Further, schools face a difficult situation when handling such bullys. In some cases, a school may develop a repuatation as an environment of fear and disrespect (Olweus2). Students also perceive that teachers and staff have little control, consequently believing that they do not care about them. It also affects students' learning abilities as well as feeling secure in school. School bullying is more frequent due to the lack of awareness right adults have (Smith2). The subject of bullying is brought to the attention of all because of it's harmful consequences. Many have taken their own lives because of constitant harassment and neglegance. No human being should have to suffer like that because of somebody else, thus reitterating the importance of teaching kids young the importance of not bullying others, and to implent these programs for those who are. Websters dictionary definition of the word harm is that of physical or psychological injury or damage. Bullying and harassment go hand in hand with the word harm. Students who are bullied are more likely to experience depression, low self-esteem, health problems, poor grades, and suicidal thoughts (Olweus4). People who are harassed usually can feel unconfident, have poor assertive skills, poor handling of situations and have frequent anxiety (Smith3). Children who are bullied at school risk continuing misery and loss of self esteem, with possible long term effects (Smith3). Boulton and Smith had found that at middle

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