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THE BULLYING EXPERIMENT!

Why is bullying such an on going issue in society today? It's the people who start it but is it not the people who have the capacity to put a stop to it? By ...
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It's not just the bullies. It's also the bystanders! I found this video on YouTube about an experiment two people performed about bullying. One person acted as a bully while the other acted as the one being bullied. They performed the same "bully" situation in front of individuals at a university to see how many would react or stop the bully. Only some stopped to help and tried to fight off the bully while some just did nothing, walked away, or didn't bother paying attention. I believe they made this video to prove the point that bystanders have a huge impact on bullying. If bystanders don't do anything or join in on the bullying, the bully gets away with bullying another person. Students need to understand what effect bystanders have on bullying and how serious bullying can be. I'm glad these two people show how important bullying is and how it's an ongoing issue in society, especially because of bystanders. 

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Kentucky students create way to report bullies

Kentucky students create way to report bullies | 3. Bullying | Scoop.it
Students at a Bowling Green elementary school are coming up with new ways to fight bullying.
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Way to be pro-active! This article explains how students who used to go to Bowling Green Elementary School but are now middle schoolers at Bristow Middle School helped create a special online form to fight bullying. They designed an online form where students and/or parents could turn in a report if they felt as if they were being bullied or noticed their child being bullied. This way it protected them from any other students seeing them submit the form and was only between counselors and teachers so it could stay as confidential as possible. I believe it's important that parents were included as well since they may notice changes in their child when the child may not want to speak up about it. In addition, I believe, that not only is the form a great idea to report and try to control bullying but it may also help stop bullies as well since they may be threatened by someone being able to fill out the form on them. One thing this article says is that "the form is for bullying that takes place during school hours on school property". However, what about the issue of cyber-bullying, especially since technology plays a huge part in our lives, that may not occur during school hours or on school property but is still occuring between students at a particular school. In addition, what cyber-bullying between students at other schools? How does this form work for those situations? I believe this idea is great but may need some modifications to improve it so it can help in more bullying situations.

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Anti-Bullying Laws are Hurting School Counselors | The Moral Liberal | The Moral Liberal

Anti-Bullying Laws are Hurting School Counselors | The Moral Liberal | The Moral Liberal | 3. Bullying | Scoop.it
Because the idea of anti-bullying laws sounds so good, few people question their benefit. This is particularly true of school mental health professionals.
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Are the laws as beneficial as we think? According to this author, Mr. Kalman, the anti-bullying laws are putting more stress on school counselors. Wanting to pursue a career in teaching and/or school counseling, I want to know how these laws are impacting them. According to this article, many counselors are finding it hard to do their jobs because they are trying to keep up with what the laws are enforcing. The laws are suppressing students from approaching counselors about bullying and other personal issues in fear of breaking the laws and of being bothersome. School counselors want to help students solve their issues and enjoy taking care of them. With these laws, they seem to be taking away that. However, are the laws being beneficial to students? In this article, it says students don't recognize the punishments or even know about these laws. I believe we should take input from counselors into consideration when modifying and creating anti-bullying laws.

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Does Bullying Serve A Purpose?

Does Bullying Serve A Purpose? | 3. Bullying | Scoop.it
Bullying is considered a destructive and aggressive behavior. But does it serve a purpose? We speak with an expert who says bullying is a way to gain social capital.
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Is there another side to bullying? According to this interview, Ms. Englander believes so. She believes bullying serves as gaining social status and capital. For example, if you can overcome bullying, it makes you seem tough and more popular, therefore overcoming the bully and also raising your social status. However, I believe this is wrong! It doesn't matter if you are popular or not. Bullying is serious and for most people it's hard to overcome because it's usually the one being bullied against many others being the bullies. I was bullied as a new kid in school and it was a serious issue for me. My teachers didn't recognize and my principal told me to just fight her back, but is that the message we want to send students? To just fight back? I believe bullying shouldn't even be here in the first place. We shouldn't suppress it or make it sound like it's something beneficial because it's definitely not!

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Cyber-bullying has a devastating impact on our children's lives, says council ... - Islington Tribune newspaper website

Cyber-bullying has a devastating impact on our children's lives, says council ... - Islington Tribune newspaper website | 3. Bullying | Scoop.it
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Cyber-bullying has a devastating impact on our children's lives, says council ...
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What do we do about cyber-bullying? As technology plays a huge part in our society these days with moblie phones, iPads, laptops, instant messaging, social media, etc, how can we stop bullying online and over texts? This article tries to address this issue. Parents need to be aware of what their children may be posting or saying over the internet or text messages. If parents or students see or experience anything threatening, then they should report it. In addition, this is where bystanders should be addressed too. Those who see the bullying happening online and don't do anything to stop it need to learn that they are not helping the problem, they are doing the opposite. With being able to favorite or retweet tweets, like photos or statuses, or sending mass text messages, rumors and pictures can get around the whole school in the blink of an eye. Not only can they get around, but they stay around. It's not like someone can throw it away, it's there forever. And all those people who help spread it or "like" or favorite it, are also contributing as bullies. I call them bystander bullies. They may not have created the problem but they aren't doing anything to stop it and in the case of bullying that's all the bully wants. We need to be pro-active about bullying and let students know how serious cyber-bullying is!

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The Long Term Effects of Bullying and What Can Be Done About It

The Long Term Effects of Bullying and What Can Be Done About It | 3. Bullying | Scoop.it
As a parent, you would normally expect that your child's school is a safe place for him or her to learn, grow, and develop. School is also a place where bullies
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This article explains the long term effects of bullying not only for the person being bullied, but also for the bully. I believe this information is very valuable for parents, students, and teachers to know so that they can prevent bullying and prevent long term effects for both those being bullied and those who are bullies. It mentions how bullies have a higher conviction rate and those being bullied live in fear and have a higher risk of suicide. Bullying is a serious issue and needs to stopped. In addition, with technology rapidly advancing, we need to figure out ways to address cyber-bullying and how to stop that as well. 

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My Worst Bullying Experience -

My Worst Bullying Experience - | 3. Bullying | Scoop.it
There’s been a lot of talk about what’s considered bullying, and I’ve even been recently accused of promoting bullying through my actions on YouTube, so I felt compelled to share this story I wrote in 11th grade  for AP Lang about a bullying...
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This blog is written by a girl who experienced bullying and wrote about her experience as a story. I think expressing messages like this and reading them to students shows first-hand what bullying is and how seemingly small name-calling can hurt someone. In addition, it's not facts being told or someone else's feelings being read, it's a story of her day on the school bus and her reactions to everything. Then you as the reader interpret her feelings and see how terrible her experience is. If we can get this message out to young people and adults (such as the bus driver in this situation) maybe we can prevent situations like this from happening.

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