What has been done to address the problem of bullying?

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There have been many actions taken and efforts made to stop bullying.

Because there are more opportunities for bullying and there are stronger restrictions against certain retaliatory behaviors, bullying has become a greater problem in modern society. With the introduction of society into cyberspace, it is easy for any person to become a bully and, as a result, it is often a more complicated process to fight the bullying. In fact, one out of every five high school students report having been bullied nowadays.

There have been programs created that assist people in dealing with bullying. Most of these programs involve the connection of adults with youth. Parents who counsel their children that bullying is not acceptable and where to get help are often effective in protecting their children from harassment. Here are some steps that people can take:

  1. Urge children to report bullying to school authorities
  2. Urge children to stand up to bullies. Sometimes humor works; sometimes acting as though the harmful words or actions do not bother the person helps to discourage further bullying. Walking away is also effective.
  3. Tell children that often if another child comes to the defense of the one being bullied, the bully will depart. Many bullies are not as tough as they act.

Cyberbullying is another form of bullying. People should immediately report this type of harassment to online services, to the schools, and to the local authorities. The important thing is not to delay and to be diligent in recording every evidence possible. Blocking the person on the internet and not responding is the best way of dealing with this type of bullying.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Much effort has been put towards fighting bullying, particularly in the public schools.  Public schools are the most obvious place that bullying occurs and so most of the efforts to fight bullying have been taking place there.  There have been two main thrusts of anti-bullying efforts.  These are education and punishment.

The less common approach to ending bullying is to punish bullies.  There are schools that have adopted strong policies in which people who are found to be bullying others may be suspended from school or even referred to law enforcement.  This approach is used to underline the seriousness of the issue and to make people feel safe from bullying.

The approach that is emphasized much more is education about how to react to bullying and how to prevent bullying.  Schools regularly hold classes and assemblies in which children are taught how to identify when bullying is happening.  They are taught how to react to bullies.  They are taught how to cope with being bullied.  There are many different kinds of programs.  The diversity of such programs can be seen in this link, which is a government clearinghouse for information on bullying and bullying prevention.