There are many types of bullying. Types include emotional, verbal, physical, social exclusion, indirect, relational and cyber bullying.
Many might think of a big, tall, mean, huge young child pushing down someone in the playground. However, bullying extends past the childhood and the adolescent stage. This also goes to types of bullying and abuse that happens in the world today and across history, with world leaders such as Benito Mussolini or Hitler.
Growing up I have seen all kinds of bullying towards others. I thought this will pass; these kids I am surrounded by will pass their immaturity stage in life. I was wrong. I learned much of this trend still goes on to adulthood. Not only is it best to keep this in mind, but to also think about the effects it has on people’s lives.
Whether you or a friend is the victim or cause of bullying, in a way it affects us all. With this said, hopefully there will be more awareness and be able can stop bullying.
How bullying starts out is the environment a child is in, including family factors that extend into elementary school, middle school, adolescence, workplace, military, prisons which all have an influence on a person’s social skills.
Fortunately, there is prevention for bullying. There are campaigns for bullying prevention such as the It Gets Better Project, NOH8 Campaign, PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, etc.
The NOH8 campaign is a charitable organization whose mission is to promote marriage, gender and human equality through education, advocacy, social media and visual protest.
The It Gets Better Project started out in 2010. Many celebrities and others nationwide participate in this through YouTube to prevent awareness.
Joel Burns, Fort Worth city councilman and alumnus of Texas Wesleyan has also participated in this campaign. Burns also delivered the keynote address in Martin Hall for the annual University College Day at Texas Wesleyan University, about bullying prevention.
So far there have been other efforts at Texas Wesleyan University to prevent bullying, such as the Gay Straight Alliance, which participated in the Day of Silence, a day of action in which students across the country vow to take a form of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of bullying and harassment in schools. However, I think we should reach out and raise more awareness.
There is a lot we can do, such as help a victim of bullying by being a friend or sticking up for someone by telling a bully to stop. There are also websites and campaigns you can visit to learn more. Don’t let bullying be the reason for depression and suicide attempt rates. Each person can make a difference.
You can make a difference.