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Whether firsthand or through a loved one, nearly everyone has dealt with bullying in some form during his or her lifetime. It is an issue that can affect both the physical and psychological being and, if unaddressed, can result in long-term effects or even suicide.
Bullying lesson plans, bullying programs, and school bullying programs will be key to curbing the trends. According to the National Education Association, approximately 160,000 American children miss school every day out of fear of being bullied by other students. In a study, the NEA found:
- 43% of educators believe bullying is a moderate or major problem in their schools
- 41% say they generally witness bullying at least once a week on their campuses
Bullying can take many forms, including physical and mental. Verbal remains the most common type of bullying, but in recent decades, the internet has further complicated the issue, as it provides a certain degree of separation or even anonymity.
- 17% of educators say bullying in their schools now takes place online (NEA study)
With the internet, bullies have a channel through which they can spread rumors or openly mock another student to a mass audience without the incident necessarily being linked back to them.
The impact of bullying can often be significant, affecting not only a student's well-being, but also grades, development and confidence. Students who have been bullied are at higher risk of anxiety and depression. According to the American Sociological Association, students who were bullied in the 10th grade saw their GPAs decrease by an average of .049 points by the time they reach the 12th grade. The effects are even more significant on blacks and Latinos, the study found.
Furthermore, many bullying victims are hesitant to report such incidents, whether out of embarrassment, shame or fear of retribution. For these reasons, it is important that schools and parents do what they can to minimize bullying activity. Educating teachers, administrators and parents about the effects of bullying can be especially beneficial to accomplishing this goal. As a result, schools across America are assessing their school bullying programs and bullying lesson plans.
With uTip – The Bully Buster from e2Campus, schools can give educators and parents the tools they need to address bullying, whether their children are the victims or the instigators. uTip can help concerned parties recognize the signs of bullying and deal with them early to avoid any long-term effects.