Unfortunately, bullying is an issue we have all had to deal with at one time or another. What is maybe most troubling is, victims of bullying aren’t just one certain group. It is a mass destruction that affects all shapes, sizes, races and creeds.
Bullying also comes in different forms. When you think of the word itself, “Bullying” might paint a picture in your head of a scenario in a schoolyard, or while a kid walks home from the YMCA, but there are also cases of bullying at places like your workplace, as well. Under no circumstance should bullying be tolerated. It hurts not just the victim, but it gives the one who gives it out a bad reputation, which in turn could hurt their future.
Which is why we need to bring awareness to it.
School bullying is statistically the most prominent form of bullying. It is estimated that every 1 in 4 kids are victims of school bullying, and in about 85% of these cases, no measure is taken to put a stop to it. That is possibly the most troubling aspect of this growing problem. It is estimated that 77% of bullying cases is verbal bullying, mental bullying, or even verbal abuse. This could mean putting someone down for their race, their gender, or their sexual orientation, among many others. It is also estimated that roughly 14% of kids have a severe reaction to being bullied, which means low self-esteem, depression, or even, sadly, suicidal thoughts and tendencies.
Another form is one that has grown with the development of social media, and that is cyberbullying. It is estimated that about 80% of all high school students have encountered bullying of some kind online. And most kids might see it as just teasing or another kid being rude, but if you see something with the marks of bullying of any type, you may not think so, but you have the power to stop it. Don’t let the chances you may have to say something slip away, because there may be someone too scared, or even proud, to ask for your help.
Reach out to those who are being bullied, because no matter who it is, it isn’t a good experience. You can be the difference. You can be the change.
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