Ontario has designated the week beginning every 3rd Sunday of November to anti bullying
and spreading awareness of its effects.
So why is bullying a concern?
Bullying is a concern for all parents, teachers or the individuals being bullied as a child. With
its effects far-reaching in society, it is no wonder it has the attention of the government.
For parents, it causes their child to feel isolated, lonely and demeaned. Most parents, of
course, want their child to learn in a inclusive and healthy environment.
For teachers, most of them feel a sense of responsibility to uphold and lead a socially
healthy new generation into adulthood. After all, it is their job to educate and guide
youngsters both academically, and in a sense, morally/socially as well.
For other members of society, being bullied as a child could have long lasting psychological
effects into adulthood, if not taken care of in time. This would mean a society of adults that
becomes troubled members of society. It is a close-knitted society, and we are are all
affected to own another in some way or other.
What is Bullying?
Bullying is a type of aggressive behaviour that is meant to cause harm to another. It is often
associated to and occur in a school setting.
Types of Bullying:
There are different types of Bullying. According to the Ontarion Government website, it
includes verbal, physical, written, social and electronic.
Verbal Bullying –
Verbal Bullying is a type of bullying that is done using spoken words. It includes the usage
of abusive and offensive language that make another person feel bad.
Physical Bullying –
Physical Bullying is a type of bullying that causes physical harm to another. It includes
hitting, kicking, pushing, etc.
Written Bullying –
Written Bullying is a type of bullying that causes trauma to another through written words, in
the form of notes or signs.
Social Bullying –
Social Bullying is a type of bullying that is done through the exclusion of an individual in a
social setting. It is a deliberate means to break or manipulate relationships.
Electronic Bullying –
Electronic Bullying is a bullying trend that is fairly new. It has developed much in the past
few decades, since the prevalent usage of internet and telecommunication means. This type
of bullying involve threats or insults made online.
So now that you know a bit more about this, will you help spread Anti-Bullying awareness this week?
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