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The Effects of Bullying

Everyone knows that kids can be mean. As parents, we do not teach them to be this way. We teach them to be honest, generous, respectful and forgiving, but when our kids go to school, unfortunately, they tend to pick up bad habits. However, when your child goes to school, he or she may also witness or even be subjected to bullying. As parents, we can only hope that this never happens to our children, but it is so important to know about bullying and the effects it can have as well so that we can work to put a stop to it. 

The Golden Rule

We teach our kids to treat others the way that they want to be treated, but some kids just don’t follow this golden rule. Children bully other children for one reason or another. Many times, bullies are insecure and feel the need to put others down to make themselves feel better. Bullies will pick on children who are smaller than they are as a way to feel more powerful. Bullies may pick on you if you have something that they want out of pure jealousy. Many times, someone who bullies others has problems at home, so they feel that it is okay to take their anger and pain out on others because they want others to feel the same way. Bullying does not have to be just physical, however. Bullying can be emotional and can even take place online as well. Cyber bullying is one of the most popular forms of bullying because people think they can hide behind a computer screen and target others. Many times, this is how rumors get started and racial or slurs about someone’s sexual orientation get spread. 

It Isn’t Easy

Bullying isn’t something that is easy to deal with. Children who get bullied may be afraid to tell because they have been threatened. Bullying can make someone hate their life and just want a way out. Statistics show that many teens who committed suicide were in fact bullied and just couldn’t take it anymore. All they wanted was to fit in, but bullies constantly had them feeling like outcasts. No one should have to deal with bullying, however and many schools now have zero tolerance policies. If you or someone you know is being bullied, do the right thing and tell someone before things get worse. 

Kids can be mean, especially in high school. Chances are that at some point in time, you or someone you knew or are friends with was a victim of bullying. However, we all need to work together to put a stop to bullying. If you see someone being bullied, don’t be afraid to speak up and go to the school office to report the bully. You could be doing the victim a huge favor and you could even save a life. No matter how hard things may be, never turn to bullying. It’s not the right way to solve your problems! 

Tany C. is a writer for http://www.mybusinesscareers.com/. Take a look at this site to learn more about business careers. 

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