Bullying can be verbal, sexual, physical or emotional, and includes distress, provocation, repetition, hostile intent, and imbalance of power. Bullying can have a wide spectrum of effects on the victim including anger, stress, depression, and suicide, and the bully may also grow to develop social disorder or engaging in criminal activity.
Bullying ranges from individual to group, mobbing, in which the bully has assistants in bullying activities. Bullying can develop in any context, including home, school, family, workplace, and neighborhood. The strongest bullying predictor is the perception the most influential organization member approves bullying.
Bullying in school is a current social and medical problem in America with covered by national news, and many programs and organizations are providing information for bullying prevention.
Bullying took the spotlight when some victims began committing suicide. I was stunned bullying grabbed the spotlight so late! I heard on national news that a student, the media called geek or loner, had killed another student. Society had implemented laws against harassment, and bullying is extreme harassment? Educators, media and society have dealt with bullying as a harassment form so late. It is disturbing to know bullying caused suicide to call social attention.