Bullying in Schools Essay

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STUDENT DETAILS ACAP Student ID: 198917 Name: James Sharp Course: Bachelor of applied social science ASSESSMENT DETAILS Unit/Module: Introduction to contemporary society Educator: Berry Assessment Name: Academic essay Assessment Number: 1 Term & Year: Term 2 2012 Word Count: 550 words DECLARATION I declare that this assessment is my own work, based on my own personal research/study. I also declare that this assessment, nor parts of it, has not been previously submitted for any other unit/module or course, and that I have not copied in part or whole or otherwise plagiarised the work of another student and/or persons. I have read the ACAP Student Plagiarism and Academic Misconduct Policy and understand its implications. I also declare, if this is a practical skills assessment, that a Client/Interviewee Consent Form has been read and signed by both parties, and where applicable parental consent has been obtained. . Bullying is an act of repetitive, aggressive behavior in order to intentionally hurt another person, physically, mentally or emotionally. Some people view bullying as part of growing up and is not considered a big deal. Bullying is a growing, but preventable, problem in schools which has a severe impact on people’s lives. Graham (2012 para 4) states that 20-40 percent report having bullied or been part of bullying during the school year. The origin of bullying pre-dates our species as we inherited it from some of our early “social ancestors”. Rats and chimpanzees displayed bully behaviors which gave them advantages over those who interacted with them. However, as humans have developed language and culture, it has been advanced from having an advantage, to being “socially venomous”. (Sherrow, 2011 para 19) Furthermore the consequence of bullying on the student are quite severe and numerous. Moreover, the

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