Bullying: America's Worst Enemy

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Bullying is an emotionally draining issue, common all over the world in today’s society. Described as repeated verbal, physical, social or psychological behavior that is harmful, it involves the misuse of power by an individual or group towards one or more persons. Bullying can have long-term effects on those involved (Bullying No Way!). People of all ages can be bullied in a multitude of ways; from face to face, (such as name calling or physical harm), indirect methods such as spreading rumors, or cyber bullying, which is a fairly new but sometimes considered the worst form. Bullying has been an issue for decades but in the last ten to twenty years, we have seen a steady increase in this epidemic. We now live in the 21st century; and with our advancements in technology have created new means of staying in contact with people. While social media, cell phones and email can help us stay in contact with friends and loved ones, it can also be a breeding ground for bullies to target victims and harass them relentlessly. Before modern day technologies were available bullying would be limited to school or the work place, allowing the victim to go home and temporarily escape the harassment. Cyber bullying is a new type of monster, it gives the bully the power to taunt and harass their victim from virtually anywhere. Home which was once a safe haven for victims of bullying has become just as bad as being face to face with their tormentor, thanks to technology gives bullies the power to strike from behind the safety of a computer screen or cell phone. Constant attacks can severely mess with the mental state of the bullying victim. Bullying can occur for many reasons; issues such as weight and appearance, religion, race or sexual orientation are common motives behind a bully’s rage, due to the fact that these are easy targets. Those who are different whether it is the
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