Bullying is an emotionally draining issue, prominent across the world today. Bullying is unacceptable, and there are many, if not several movements in an effort to end bullying once and for all. I am going to discuss the issue of bullying, and formulate an argument towards the issue at hand. A lot of things have changed throughout the course of time, however, it is still prominent throughout the world today. Bullying is inhumane, and needs to end. There are many solutions and steps to end bullying; some of which are easier than others. My main solution is teaching your own kids how to deal with or how to prevent bullying from happening.

Bullying is described as repeated verbal, physical, social or psychological behavior that is harmful and involves the misuse of power by an individual or group towards one or more persons. There are many ways that children/adults bully others. Some of those ways are as stated in the beginning: verbal and physical abuse. The most common way of bullying these days is cyber bullying. This consists of individuals attacking one another on some platform of social media. It can have long-term effects on those involved. Some of those long-term effects include mental health issues and depression (Sigurdson 2).

Parenting is where a lot of bullying tactics begin. Teaching your kids right from wrong can really go a long way. Make sure your kids understand that you will not tolerate bullying at home or anywhere else. Establish rules about bullying and stick to them. If you punish your child by taking away privileges, be sure it’s meaningful. If your child acts aggressively at home, with siblings or others, put a stop to it. Teach more appropriate and nonviolent ways to react, like walking away (Teach Your Child…1). It’s important to keep your own behavior in check too. Watch how you talk to your kids and how you react to your own strong emotions when they’re around. There will be situations that warrant discipline and constructive criticism, but try not to let that slip into name-calling and accusations. If you’re not pleased with your child’s behavior, stress that it’s the behavior that you’d like your child to change and that you have confidence that he or she can do it.

Teach kids to treat others with respect and kindness. They need to be able to recognize that the way they treat others, is the way they will be treated back. Teaching your child that it is wrong to ridicule differences and try to instill a sense of empathy for those who are different, can go so far. This should be engraved in a child from the beginning because it may rub of onto the children around them and could change the way people are treated. As the “Teach Your Child Not to Be a Bully” article says, the parent(s) should consider getting involved together in a community group where your child can interact with kids who are different.

Preventing cyber bullying can be difficult at times. Looking into your child’s social life can be one of the ways to make sure they are in a healthy environment. Look for insight into the factors that may be influencing your child’s behavior in the school environment, whether it is the people around them or the people they interact with on their social media. Robinson says that there is limited evidence at this stage to establish whether cyberbullying is more or less harmful than offline bullying, but there is an indication in the literature that young people may either underplay, not attribute or deny the harm associated with cyberbullying.

As difficult and frustrating as it can be to help kids stop bullying, remember that bad behavior won’t just stop on its own. Think about the success and happiness you want your kids to find in school, work, and relationships throughout life, and know that curbing bullying now is progress toward those goals. Bullying needs to end once and for all. It is an unacceptable action that is morally, emotionally and physically draining. Teaching your children/young teens how to prevent  it from happening can change not only their lives, but others as well.

Works Cited

 

Sigurdson, Johannes Foss, et al. “The Long-Term Effects of Being Bullied or a Bully in

Adolescence on Externalizing and Internalizing Mental Health Problems in Adulthood.” Child & Adolescent Psychiatry & Mental Health, vol. 9, no. 1, Aug. 2015, pp. 1-13. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1186/s13034-015-0075-2.

 

“Teaching Your Child Not to Be a Bully.” Brown University Child & Adolescent Behavior Letter,

vol. 28, Nov. 2012 Supplement, pp. 1-2. EBSCOhost,

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Robinson, Elly. “Parental Involvement in Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying.” Family

Matters, no. 92, Mar. 2013, pp. 68-76. EBSCOhost,

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