Bullying can be physical, sexual, verbal or emotional in nature, and includes hostile intent, imbalance of power, repetition, distress, and provocation. Bullying can have a wide spectrum of effects on the victim including anger, depression, stress and suicide, and the bully may also grow to develop different social disorders or engaging in criminal activity.
Bullying ranges from individual to group called mobbing, in which the bully has assistants in bullying activities. A bullying culture can develop in any context in which humans interact, including school, family, workplace, home and neighborhood. The strongest predictor of bullying is the perception that the most influential organization member approves bullying behavior.
Bullying in schools is a current medical and social problem in America with coverage on national news. If there is suspicion that a child is being bullied or is a bully, there are warning signs in their behavior. There are many programs and organizations which provide information or prevention against bullying.
Bullying has taken the spotlight when some victims of bullying started to commit suicide. I’m stunned it didn’t grab the spotlight much earlier! I used to hear on national news that a student, the media called geek or a loner, had killed another student. Society had implemented laws against harassment. Isn’t bullying extreme harassment? Shouldn’t educators, the media and society in general have dealt with bullying as a form of harassment much earlier? It is sad and disturbing to know that bullying caused the suicide of some victims to call social attention.