Along with the rise of technology in education, so is the rise of bullying.
Bullying comes In various forms:
Physical Bullying, Verbal Bullying, Emotional Intimidation, Racist Bullying, Sexual Bullying, Cyber-bullying
Cyber-bullying is on the rise and allows the bully to remain anonymous. A 2016 study conducted by Dr. Justin Patchin and Dr. Sameer Hinduja surveyed a nationally-representative sample of 5,700 middle and high school students ages 12-17 from July through October. The results showed that the percentage of students who have experienced cyber bullying at some point in their lifetime has nearly doubled from 18 percent in 2007 to almost 34 percent in 2016.
Cyber-bullying can be done from anywhere and at any time. This makes it even more threatening.
Bullying oftentimes starts at home; it’s a behavior they have witnessed and experienced. A positive aspect of this is that it can be unlearned. Schools can help. Many schools have awareness-raising resources, lesson plans and activities showing how the hurtful bullying, hatred, bias and bigotry can affect someone.
We are all responsible to practice the skill of literally and figuratively walking away from threatening situations. But to avoid these events from happening we need to keep communication open in schools and at home.