Time to Start Typing!
For a while I have been offline from my blog; as of today I was working on a essay with two people, Shanie and Khalil. We did an essay on Bullying and how we can try to prevent it. If you would like to read our essay please click on the read more button.
INTRODUCTION AND STATEMENT OF PROBLEM
Bullying is when someone is physically, mentally, and or emotionally abusing someone. Bullying can be done in many ways. Ex- Physically hurting someone, making someone feel bad about themselves, name calling, sending mean messages, etc. according to stopbullying.gov, Over 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year. Approximately 160,000 students skip school every day because of bullying. Students reporting wrong with bullying and will only intervene 4% of the time. 1 in 10 students drop out of school because of repeated bullying. According to google, Some students are being bullied 2 to 3 times a month or more within a school semester. 1 in 4 teachers say nothing when bullying is seen or they ignore it.
I am compelled to research bullying because it is often looked over and misunderstood. It could be just a simple joke to you but to the other person takes it to the heart. This is a great topic to discuss because it can be impacted but never stopped because people have different personalities and different points of view.
People should care about bullying because one day their child could be a victim of bullying. When a child is bullied it can cause depression, social problems, stress related health problems, low self esteem, school skipping, aggressive behaviors. Suicide is a HUGE “symptom” of bullying. Children who bully others could be getting bullied themselves. Or they could have been through a trauma situation. Bullying is a very serious topic and it's also something you definitely don't want happening to your child because people handle things differently than others.
OUTLINE AND ARGUMENT
Bullying can be the Cause of suicide and depression. In Wake County a mother told ABC11 about her son’s attempt to take his own life because of how he was being bullied. <http://abc11.com/archive/9419684/> In the Article it states that the 11-year-old was pushed by the bullies to do it. In March 2000, Christopher Joyner, a student at Zebulon Middle School hung himself in the school gym. The District isn’t talking about these incidents. In 2009, State Lawmakers passed a law requiring school districts to have policies against bullying and Wake County’s policy is clear. <http://abc11.com/archive/9419684/> The Wake County Policy 1 states:
“It is the priority of the Wake County Board of Education to provide every student and employee in the school system with a safe and orderly learning and working environment. Olweus Bullying Prevention Program stated with their Statistics the outcomes they made were:
Fifty percent or more reductions in student reports of being bullied and bullying others. Peer and teacher ratings of bullying problems have yielded similar results.
Significant reductions in student reports of general antisocial behavior such as school bullying, vandalism, school violence, fighting, theft, and truancy.
Significant improvements in the classroom social climate as reflected in students' reports of improved order and discipline, more positive social relationships, and more positive attitudes toward schoolwork and school.
Greater support for students who are bullied, and stronger, more effective interventions for students who bully.
<http://www.violencepreventionworks.org/public/olweus_bullying_prevention_program.page> But, as we all know their will always be one person who will be a bully and spread the virus again.
Now going onto Cyberbullying; Cyberbullying is a unwanted, aggressive, hostile behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance, using electronic technology (cell phones, computers, social networks sites, etc.) to sent/post mean, humiliating threatening and embarrassing messages. <https://prezi.com/8-8p4qjlw51e/cyberbullying/> The problem is youth are getting publicly humiliated and tormented online, It's illegal in WCPSS to do this. A victim of Cyberbullying; Kelsey Roberts told ABCnews: “They were laughing about it. I started crying my eyes out. I didn’t want to go to school, I just wanted to quit. I don’t know… It broke my heart” <https://prezi.com/lgspiynodpt7/the-issue-of-cyber-bullying-in-wake-county/> Some of the reasons for Cyberbullying are:
Our goal is to have some sort of presentation that will target bullying and how it affects people in schools and communities. We also want to decrease the amount of reported bullying by 10%. To do that in a timely and realistic manner what we can do is have a series of skits that shows the effects of bullying on students and other people like parents and teachers.
In order to have the skits we will need to do multiple things. The skits will be about how much bullying affects the students as well as the people around them. To make the skits happen we will need to reserve the auditorium as well actors who are willing to participate in the skits. We will need a bully, the person being bullied, bystanders(students), teachers, etc. We will also need a meaningful script that can hopefully have an impact on the school. So everyone can know about this, we have to put the word out and to do that we will request a section in the school news to announce it. It will be very easy to attend this presentation because it will be during school hours preferably during homeroom and before lunch. These are the basic details of our action plan.
We want anyone who can participate in this project to do it whether you’re helping with the skits or advertising it around the school. It’s important to participate because when you do, you’re going to feel like you’ve made an impact on the school and that’s the best part! Our goal again is not to completely end bullying but to have an impact in our school to hopefully be nicer to people and also decrease the bullying by 10%. We hope that our goal is achieved and that our school can feel impacted on the importance of bullying.