Bullying in schools has become more of an issue in America. Bullying is ''unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.''
I think that bullying in schools goes unnoticed. Teachers, students and parents need to recognize the signs that a child is being bullied. Signs that a child is being bullied include frequent headaches or stomach aches, becoming withdrawn and not wanting to go to school, unexplained injuries, changes in eating habits, difficulty sleeping, declining grades, sudden loss of friends, feelings of hopelessness, depression and decreased self-esteem.
Bullying is a humiliating experience. Many kids don't speak up because they feel helpless or isolated. They may also fear rejection from their peers or fear backlash from the kid who bullied them. Education on bullying needs to be taught more in schools so teachers, other students and parents can notice the signs to prevent and stop bullying in school.
Twenty to 70 percent of kids have witnessed or been bullied. According to Stopbullying.gov, 70.6 percent of children have seen bullying in their school. Teachers and faculty need to be educated to decrease these numbers. Due to social media, like Facebook and Twitter, kids are not only getting bullied in school, but it also follows them into their home.
This is an issue that needs to be taken seriously so that childhood bullying stops and feelings of loneliness and potential suicide can be prevented. Students, teachers and parents need to speak up for a child who they believe is being bullied.
If you are feeling hopeless or helpless or know of someone who is, please call the lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
YSU nursing student