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Bullying is when someone shows unpleasant behavior (rude and mean behavior), abuse and mistreatment to others. It is directed repeatedly towards specific and general targets or subjects. Bullying can be defined in many different ways depending on its context. Bullying doesn't happen just physically but also it can happen verbally.
The subject of bullying includes picking on people that people see what happens but they don't do anything about it. When witnesses know what to do—and they do it, the action becomes part of a process which defuses a bad situation.
Bullying is not only violence against the bullied person. It's also bullying when other people hide it from those in power (teachers, bosses), other people who see it ignore it or when the bully is helped get away with it. Bullying can also be saying mean words that are said to people face to face.
School teachers and staff have tried to learn ways to stop bullying even when they do not see it themselves. They have learned that bullying can be easy to hide.
Some US states have laws against it.
What Happens[change | change source]
Bullying can happen at school, work, at home, on the internet (cyber-bullying) or somewhere else.
A purpose is part of what makes bullying what it is. The process of bullying develops in many ways, including
- intimidating (to scare) tactics
- steamroller (determined) tactics
- devaluing (to put down) tactics
- arm-twisting (threat or force) tactics
Bullying may be a combination of one or more of these tactics (techniques). For example, Lance Armstrong explained "Yes, I was a bully. I was a bully in the sense that I tried to control the narrative and if I didn't like what someone said I turned on them." In other words, when someone said something Armstrong didn't like, "We ran over her, we bullied her."
Bullying behavior includes the misuse (harm) of power or position and making comments or threats about job security. The person that is getting bullied then feels insecure (not sure) about themselves.
Culture of Bullying[change | change source]
Bullying happens for a reason. The person is either not getting the attention they want or they are going through a family struggle and want to control someone else. Another possible reason, is that the person does not feel confident about themselves so they bully others to make themselves feel more powerful. Therefore, when the person that is the bully wants to get attention and show who's the best. They will start by saying mean things to students at school, that could possibly result in violence.
Response[change | change source]
Many people wonder how to deal with bullying. Well the best thing to do is go tell a trusted adult or parent if the child is getting bullied. Somethings that may help when you face a bully is to thank them or smile to them. Instead of acting like something is wrong. Its good to be strong but if the bully tries to start a fight don't join them. Charities help anti-bullying. There are also laws against bullying in the UK such as section 89 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006.
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References[change | change source]
- Axelrod, Rise B. and Charles R. Cooper (2011). Axelrod & Cooper's Concise Guide to Writing, p. 333; Ansbro, John J. (2000). Martin Luther King, Jr.: Nonviolent Strategies and Tactics for Social Change, p. 227.
- Tompson, Teri et al. "Victims of Lance Armstrong's strong-arm tactics feel relief and vindication in the wake of U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report," New York Daily News, October 20, 2012; retrieved 2013-1-20.
- Bazelon, Emily. "Lance Armstrong Was a Bully—and That Hardly Covers It," Slate (US). January 18, 2013; retrieved 2013-1-20.
- Brumfield, Ben. "7 lessons Lance Armstrong's confession has taught us," CNN, January 19, 2013; excerpt, "It was about controlling the narrative ... 'If I didn't like what somebody said ... I tried to control that and said that's a lie; they're liars,' Armstrong said"; retrieved 2013-1-20.
- Macur, Juliet. "How Lance Armstrong's Wall Fell, One Rider at a Time," New York Times (US). October 20, 2012; excerpt, "Lance Armstrong ... using guile and arm-twisting tactics that put fear in those who might cross him ..."; retrieved 2013-1-20.
- Royal College of Psychiatrists, "On Bullying and Harassment" retrieved 2012-2-19.
Other websites[change | change source]
- Bully Free Zone (UK)
- Canadian anti-bullying Website
- Bullying. No Way! (Australian Education Authorities)
- Bullying in schools (UK - schools)
- Bullying in the Workplace
- Bullying Contrasted With Other Phenomena
- Nobullying.com is an online forum aimed at educating, advising, counselling and all importantly, helping to stop bullying, in particular, cyber bullying