Bullying and how to settle it properly.

Bullying is a controversial topic in countless ways, one of which is how to approach when it’s a complication and how to settle it properly. In recent years it has been getting brought up and individuals are coming out more in raising awareness. This is a good thing ending something that is overall ignorant and childish. We should be continuing progressively, not going in reverse like when bullying was considered “something that children go through” or  “something they have and should go through to defend themselves”.(Kohn, Alfie. “Why Punishment Won’t Stop a Bully.” Education Week, 8 Feb. 2017)Before we go into why and how we first need to understand what is considered bullying.”Bullying is unwanted, intentional, and repeated aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance”(“A Snapshot on Bullying in America.” A Snapshot on Bullying in America). If it happens online it is called cyberbullying. One thing this article gets right is its definition of bullying besides that i would take most of the information from within it as pretty accurate just not entirely because they base their information with what the children say and at the younger and even older ages most from personal experience don’t really care about those papers we have to fill out about bullying and or whatever else is in those papers we have to fill out. Nearly everyone I know just filled out random stuff and either took their time or rushed through it depending on what we got to do afterward.Schools are not making it much better the whole “zero tolerance” policy is bullcrap, cause well it doesn’t work completely. That only solves part of the problem, which punishment will only work part of the time. Then you should consider the Bulliers point of view and figure out why he/he is bullying in the first place. Discovering the root cause will benefit both sides and maybe end that case from bullying again. You don’t know what is behind that person and what living situation they have outside of school.Punishing students for in this case bullying isn’t effective. Which is more likely to get the student to stop bullying, the student that is getting bullied tells a teacher and gets the bully suspended for 2 days and they won’t be able to participate in sports and any other school function or the teacher talks to the student and figures out what’s going on and gets help for them.”Punishment, in general, is likely a hidden contributor to bullying, both because of what it models and because of its effects on the students who are punished. (Kohn, Alfie. “Why Punishment Won’t Stop a Bully.” Education Week, 8 Feb. 2017)Another example of things that should and need to change is the way the school’s administration approaches bullying. A great instance of this is, Natalie Hampton who was being bullied at this private school and when she went to the administration they did like nothing about it. She had to take it as far as moving to a different school. That’s just a different kind of messed up that not and one of the reasons bullying is still going to be around. This is something that should be monitored. No school no matter the school should treat any student different in that way.At least bullying is on the decrease “according to a big new study in the journal Pediatrics, bullying is down. “In 2005, 28.5 percent of students surveyed reported experiencing at least one form of bullying.” By 2014, that had dropped more than half, to 13.4 percent.” Another example is “In 2005 whether bullying was a problem at their school, half said yes. Ten years later, the answer was nearly the same: 48 percent. In other words, even though reality got brighter, the student’s view of their schools remained partly cloudy.” (Kamenetz, Anya. “School Bullying Is Down. Why Don’t Students Believe It?” NPR, NPR, 11 May 2017) This is something that seems to be pretty consistent and not really changing.  We need more “increased awareness,” and “evidence-based practices and policies” to stop of bullying at the source.Some topics to consider when facing bullying as a school, “Harsh disciplinary measures backfire, Cyber-bullying is just an extension of what’s happening in the classrooms, halls, and cafeteria, What adults call bullying kids call drama, Kids bully to achieve dominance and to solidify their social standing, Most kids don’t bully, don’t like bullying, and feel bad for the victims.”(Flanagan, Linda. “10 Realities About Bullying at School and Online.” MindShift) These are all good points schools need to face before bullying as a whole will decrease any significant margin.