BULLYING On the Rise Among Teens and Children: BULLYING On the Rise Among Teens and Children It is estimated that nearly 160,000 children miss school every day out of the fear of being bullied. Bullying Defined: Bullying Defined Bullying is an act of repeated aggressive behavior in order to intentionally hurt another person, physically, emotionally, or mentally. Bullying is characterized by an individual behaving in a certain way to gain power over another person. Bullying is not a new phenomenon; however it is a serious and quickly growing problem that has seen significant increase over the past several years. Bullying FYI:: Bullying FYI: Middle school aged children are more likely to experience bullying than other age group. A number of state legislatures have proposed laws requiring schools to have anti-bullying policies and programs, and more recently a federal legislator even proposed national legislation on bullying. Forty seven states now hold anti-bullying laws. Nearly a third of students in grades 6 through 10 are affected by bullying. Three Main Types of Bullying: Three Main Types of Bullying Physical Bullying Verbal Bullying Cyber Bullying Physical Abuse: Physical Abuse Forms of physical abuse: Hitting, Pushing Tripping, Slapping Spitting, Stealing FACT: It is more likely that that more males than females are involved in physical bullying whether they are the perpetuators or the victim of bullying. “Victims of physical bullying are usually physically weaker than the bullies, and also may be socially marginalized for some reason, including weight, ethnicity, or other characteristics that make it harder for them to fit in.” “Words are powerful. They can uplift or they can hurt. They can make a person laugh or reduce them to tears. Verbal bullying can demean an otherwise self-confident individual, and render them helpless in their effort to appear unaffected” : “ Words are powerful. They can uplift or they can hurt. They can make a person laugh or reduce them to tears. Verbal bullying can demean an otherwise self-confident individual, and render them helpless in their effort to appear unaffected” Verbal Bullying: Verbal Bullying Boys and girls are subject to verbal abuse, but girls more than boys tend to carry out verbal abuse. Girls use verbal bullying, as well as social exclusion techniques, to dominate others and show their superiority and power. Verbal bullying is done often and without thought. Words just pour out without any regard for the person being victimized. Verbal harassment and verbal intimidation can be more devastating than physical abuse in that it strikes at the heart of the individual's innermost feelings about him or herself. It leaves lasting scars that, in some cases, can never be healed Cyber Bullying: Cyber Bullying Cyber bullying is the number one growing form of bullying throughout the United States. “ Cyberbullying is when a child or teenager is harassed, humiliated, embarrassed, threatened, or tormented using digital technology.” Forms of Cyberbullying: Forms of Cyberbullying Email chat rooms instant messenger on a website through a cell phone Cyberbullying usually happens more than once, and it can include actions such as posting hurtful or humiliating comments or pictures on a facebook, MySpace page, or other social network sites and also, spreading gossip or rumors through instant messaging and or text messaging. Why youth bully?: Why youth bully? Social issues that cause bullying encompass the harsh reality that negative behavior receives more attention in society than positive behavior. Those lacking social skills are also more apt to bullying. Family environments that do not involve a warm caring environment and those where discipline is inconsistent tend to produce children who bully. According to Bullying Statistics in 2010 , an astonishing “54 percent of students reported that witnessing or being a victim of physical abuse at home can lead to bullying and violence in schools or peer groups.” The personal history of bullies can tell about their personal motivates to be bullies themselves. Effects of Bullying: Effects of Bullying Depression, low self-esteem, health problems, poor grades, suicidal thoughts and actions Depression in adolescents and teens throws a red flag and may be linked to bullying. “ Bullying does not cause suicide, but it is an associated factor.” Youth Bullying in The Media: Youth Bullying in The Media Case of 15 Year Old Phoebe Prince, an example of bullying that led to depression and tragically ended in suicide.