For all parents, their kids are the innocent beings and this notion keeps them from considering their mischievous kids as bullies. They choose to be inattentive to their kids’ bullying behavior until they are informed by the school authorities or complained by any other source of the objectionable behavior of their child. Kids can sometimes be playful and get involved in unprincipled activities without letting their parents know – bullying is one of those acts.
Bullying is not a new thing. Bullies have been around since inception but the technological advancement has provided new platforms to bullies to conduct their bullying behavior. A few decades ago, bullying used to occur in an educational setting but today the bullies have started using the internet for name-calling, spreading rumors and threatening the victims. Be it traditional face-to-face bullying or cyber-bullying, both can have horrible consequences not just on the victim but on the bully as well. The bullies are at great risk of mental, behavioral and physical problems. They can be suspended from school and can face criminal charges and civil lawsuit depending on the act.
What do the Bullying Statistics Show?
In every 7 minutes, a child is bullied. In the United States, the schools give shelter to 2.1 million bullies and 27 million bullied. According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, more than 21% students report being bullied. The reasons reported by the students for bullying were looks (55%), body shape (37%), color (16%), gender and disabilities. The bullying victims are at an increased risk of depression, anxiety, sleep disorder and poor academic performance. The students who are both engaged in bullying behavior and target of bullying are at great risk of mental and behavioral problems than those who are only bully or only bullied.