Why Is Bullying Wrong?

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Bullying, by definition, is the use of force, threat, or coercion to abuse, intimidate, or aggressively dominate others. However, across the world, each individual has their own idea of what bullying should look like. For example, in the UK, there is no legal definition of bullying but in the US, certain states have laws against it. Bullying can take place at work, home or even between strangers, but it is most common (and the most detrimental) in school. Bullying can take various forms causing emotional and/or physical damage. These traumas affect how a person grows and developes, making school, which is where kids as young as 5 years old spend up to 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, 9 months out of a year for 12+ years, the most frequent place…show more content…
Everyday interactions with bullies can do a number on kids and can lead to some permanent mental health problems, or even suicide in the worst cases. Nonetheless, this isn’t news to anyone, that is why school districts around the U.S. have incorporated Anti-bullying programs into schools to battle the fight against bullies. This means that bullying has been eliminated and is no longer a problem right? wrong. Even though school districts believe that they are catching and combating the issue of bullying by incorporating anti-bullying programs into elementary schools, these programs do little to prevent bullying and assist students who are already a target of ridicule due to unrealistic situations and outcomes used as examples. Because of this half-hearted effort, bullying only intensifies as the students grow older, leading to a miserable middle school/junior high/high school…show more content…
I agree that cyber bullying can have a just as powerful effect as regular bullying, but I beleive in person bullying can be harder to stop, causing for larger measurements to be taken to combat it. Bullying needs to be taken seriously from a young age and it must be imperative that kids learn that bullying, of any kind, will not be tolerated. Consequences must be severe and cannot be taken lightly. Furthermore, kids must be explained to why they shouldn't treat other kids with disrespect and not just told to not say certain words. If a child actually understands what these words mean, hopefully they won’t need much convincing to not say them. With these steps taken at a young age, expectantly it will decrease the amount of bullying done as they get older. Bullying is like the domino effect, it starts young and builds over time. These precautions should snip bullying in the bud, therefore preventing bullying as they
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