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The Psychological Effects Of Bullying Last Well Into Adulthood, Study Finds

The Psychological Effects Of Bullying Last Well Into Adulthood, Study Finds | Bullying | Scoop.it
Kids who are bullied or who bully others have serious risks for mental health disorders as adults. Those who do both are worst off.
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This article touches on the affects on bullies, victims, and bully-victims. The fact that bully-victims ended up being at the greatest risk  of depression and suicidal thoughts suprised me at first, but it seems to make sense. My sense is that bully-victims are those who were bullied and reciprocated the abuse done to them, onto others. The article briefly mentioned that those who were mainly bulllies, ended up being at greater risk of having antisocial personality disorder, but were not at great risk of depression like the victims and the bully-victims. Its interesting to think that bullies and victims suffer less disorders, while the bully-victim's suffer the product of depression and antisocial personality disorder, being stuck in the middle of the bullying conflict as both the affected and the perpetrator.

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School Bullying is Nothing New, But Psychologists Identify New Ways to Prevent It

School Bullying is Nothing New, But Psychologists Identify New Ways to Prevent It | Bullying | Scoop.it
School bullying to be a frequent and serious public health problem. But psychologists are using research to develop and implement bullying prevention programs.
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This article has some more definitive ideas. What jumped out the most was that there are special kinds of victims—there is the shy, usually weaker child that gets bullied, but then there are also 'bully-victims', kids who have ADD or ADHD, who are disliked by both the teachers and the other students. Another thing that stood out was that most school shootings are caused by a victim of bullying rather than a bully, as the insecurity builds up in some victims where they either kill themselves, kill or seriously  threaten others, or do both.

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Bullying: Schools get students involved in solution

Bullying: Schools get students involved in solution | Bullying | Scoop.it
Students already have organized themselves into cliques. The lunchroom seating chart is in place. Vulnerable students have already been identified and intimidated. Bullying is a problem schools across the country are working to address.
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This article really stands out among all the other ill-defined campaigns against bullying. A member of an anti-bullying task force in the elgin area school district says, "You can't go in one day and do a bullying presentation and expect the bullying problem to go away." , which holds my point that all these speakers who come in and talk about the fight against bullying as if it's a disease to be cured don't really make a difference. The counselor of one of the highschools, Jennifer Grapethin understands that bullying is a social system, not a disease.  "In general the focus is to try to improve the school climate to make it a welcoming place for everyone in this building," States Grapethin. Since bullying is an aspect of the psycology of group dynamics, changing the enviroment of the social group changes its dynamics much more than just talking at it.

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School Bully

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There's a lot going on in the mind of a school bully.
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Though a fairly vulgar sketch, the transparency of the bully character and his father in the two minute running time bring up the very murky point of bullying as kids get older—they have a lot going on in their own lives and there is a lot of rebound from this that gets bounced back onto other people. The conversation between the bully and the victim is very one sided, but in a way the victim is unwillingly provoking deep seeded fears in the bully that need to be addressed. This expands out to the more general point that bullying's shifty definition can more or less be the described as the emotions and inner psycological problems of one individual projected on another and then acted upon accordingly.

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School Bullying Among US Adolescents: Physical, Verbal, Relational and Cyber

School Bullying Among US Adolescents: Physical, Verbal, Relational and Cyber | Bullying | Scoop.it
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all forms of bullying reported appear to lessen as students get older, but the survey reports the magority of bullying as being in the form of name calling, social isolation, and rumour spreading across the board. Unsuprisingly, positive parental behaviors protect children from reverting to bullying but also keeps other children from being bullied. It seems both the victims and the bullies in a given situation have a strong influence on the situation, as provacative victims are part of the problem. Cyberbullying has brought new areas of bullying: whereas the other three forms (physical, verbal, and relational) are more prevalent with kids who have less friends, most cases of cyberbullying don't seem to discriminate.

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Heartbreaking: 12-Year-Old Commits Suicide After Bullying

Heartbreaking: 12-Year-Old Commits Suicide After Bullying | Bullying | Scoop.it
LAKELAND, Fla. -- A 12-year-old Florida girl committed suicide after she was bullied online by more than a dozen girls and a sheriff said Thursday that he is investigating whether he can file charges under Florida's new law that covers...

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Columbine High School massacre - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Columbine High School massacre - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Columbine High School massacre was a school shooting which occurred on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School in Columbine, an unincorporated area of Jefferson County in the State of Colorado. In addition to shootings, the complex and highly planned attack involved a fire bomb to divert firefighters, propane tanks converted to bombs placed in the cafeteria, 99 explosive devices, and bombs rigged in cars.

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The dark result of alleged bully-victims, Columbine was the first of many high-school shootings. Much of the victim psychology comes into play in these situations, as the victim's reality is distorted into believing that they have a righteous cause against the more popular kids that have alienated them. In the Columbine, Virginia tech, and Middletown shootings, the shooters all leave notes about how they feel victimized and want to repay the people who they feel alienated from. Most of the shooters seem to be suffering from depression, which leads to behavior that causes others to alienate them even more, causing more sevre depression, leading to more extreme actions on the part of the bully-victims.

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Bully Official Trailer #1 - Weinstein Company Movie (2012) HD

Bully Official Trailer #1 - Weinstein Company Movie (2012) HD This year, over 5 million American kids will be bullied at school, online, on the bus, at home,...
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This is one of those movies that everyone needs to see. The film makers cover a wide range of the affects of bullying. There were a couple extremes, such as the girl who brought a gun onto the bus, and the boy who took his own life because niether of them could take the abuse from the other kids anymore. What stood out to me was the main focus, Alex, a boy who just seemed to be passive about his own situation. He has a great family as far as I can see in the movie, and he seems to be able to be happy at certain points, but you see him try to shrug off the kids bullying him on the bus, trying to laugh with them in an effort to fit in. Because he doesn't really have friends, he doesn't stand up for himself, because those people interacting with him are the closest people he has to actual friends. I could relate to a lot of the bullying some what from my experience, but much of it was very shocking and heart breaking.

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The Fight Against Bullying in Schools Expands to Store Shelves

The Fight Against Bullying in Schools Expands to Store Shelves | Bullying | Scoop.it
Several companies are running public-service campaigns that target parents and children with calls for bravery and leadership.
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Though the message has the best intentions, I can't help but feel a little estranged when these brands use antibullying as a cause, and then use the word 'bullying' as if it is a concrete problem that one can just stand up to. When I here "stand up against bullying" it sounds vague; there isnt a very strong message. The actual details of bullying in this article were never brought up, and thats the problem here. What I would've wanted to hear when I was younger and amidst other kids in an already vague social dynamic in which I didn't really know whether I was the bully or the victim, or who my friends were, was not that I should stand up to bullying, because I didn't even know what was bullying, whether I was bullying, or whether I was being bullied. Many of the anti-bullying campaigns seem to assume everyone is a bistander, and that there is a clear bad guy and a victim, but in my experience this usually isnt the case.

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TED: Shane Koyczan: "To This Day" ... for the bullied and beautiful (edited)

Content edited for use by teachers in the classroom. From TED.com: By turn hilarious and haunting, poet Shane Koyczan puts his finger on the pulse of what it...
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This poetic speech outlining Shane Koyczan's general experience considering bullying defines the more abstract aspect of bullying. For me, it brings up the less definitive aspect that there really isn't a true line between the bullier and the bully; that everyone is thrown into this cavalcade of immaturity in elementary school and that many of us start out very intolerant. The prominent point of his speech is that he doesn't really have an answer—bullying is such a murky subject and the word is thrown around so much that we can draw a lot more from an expression of it such as this than we can draw from a formallly written solution to the undefined problem of bullying that will go through the ears of a few nodding heads, and then continue as meaningless, unheeded words.

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Butterballs (Season 16, Episode 5) - Full Episode Player

Butterballs (Season 16, Episode 5) - Full Episode Player | Bullying | Scoop.it
Stan wants to raise awareness about the dangers of bullying by shooting a big dance video. Will he able to handle the pressure that goes along with the notoriety of taking on such a worthy cause?
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Like most episodes of south park, Butterballs parodies its topic in a rediculous yet very true way. throughout the episode, the same classic public-service-announcement style bullying scene is acted out with a different character each time as the bully, and the character who was the bully in the previous iteration as the victim. It demonstrates a deviously transparent reciprocity of a bullied victim and how bullying and being bullied can spread from one to another

 

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