Essay Issue talk

Submitted By TarleeaP
Words: 869
Pages: 4

Can you imagine how it would feel to be scared to go to school, because you don't know what the new rumour will be? or who is going to be the next to beat you up?
Well this is how roughly 1 in 4 students are feeling on a day to day basis. There are so many students who don't want to go to school because they are being bullied, and thats really unfair, that someone is losing a chance of a greater education because others find it necessary to bully.
Around 1 in 4 students have reported being bullied, from primary to high school. This is lower than the 38% reported in 2006
Bullying includes, actions as threatening behaviour, physical or verbal attacks, spreading rumours, or deliberately excluding someone from a group or even an activity. Hurtful teasing was reported as the most common bullying behaviour, closely followed by lies. There is an overlap between bullying and harassment. Harassment is said to be the lesser crime, but in reality harassment is a form of bullying.
Bullying is often about power, either real or perceived, being used aggressively and repeatedly to control or harm others. 'Repeatedly' in this case can mean happening more than once, or have the potential to happen more than once.
The power imbalances can be, but are not limited to, physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or even popularity differences. people bully others for many reasons, and those reasons are everything. its not as simples as listing a heap of reasons because the list would just go on and on did you know?
▪ Bullying was more common for Year 5 students (32%) then Year 8 (29%).
▪ Bullying by girls tended to be more sneaky, while boys were more “in your face” about it.
▪ Peers are present in 87% of bullying interactions, mostly as onlookers who do nothing to help the victim.
▪ Racial bullying against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders has actually improved compared to the 31% rate reported in 2005. Three years later the figure was down to 10%
Even though the amount of bullying has decreased, its clear that a lot remains to be done about bullying in Australia.

people do not only have to deal with bullying at school, but also online, so in reality they can not escape it.
▪ Older students (or those with more access to technology) are more likely to cyber-bully than younger one.
▪ Over 80% of those who bullied others online would also do so offline.
▪ 84% of those who were bullied online were also victims of bullying behaviour offline.
▪ A quarter (25%) of all cyber bullies target people they do not even know.
▪ 64% of females from Years 6 to 12 reported being cyber-bullied.
▪ High cellphone usage makes cyber-bullying easier.

Regardless of the form of bullying, no person, young or old, should go through this. While some people feel it is a normal right of passage to face this abuse in life, those undergoing the abuse certainly feel differently.
Bullying affects everyone in their own way, the consequences of being bullied can vary, from a partly positive outcome, by making the victim stronger, and more resilient, to having people feel so poorly about life they try to end theirs. .

General Strategies:
Look confident (assertive body language) by standing tall and holding your head up.
Don’t cry and run off. Instead move closer, turn sideways, and have non-threatening eye contact.
Keep your facial expressions neutral. Don’t look sad and don’t look…