Bullying Schools Essay

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STUDENT DETAILS: ACAP Student ID: 198054 Name: Andrea Bradshaw Course: Bachelor of Applied Social Science ASSIGNMENT DETAILS: Unit/Module: Introduction to Contemporary Society Educator: Mette Gilligan Assignment Name: Bullying in Schools Assignment Number: Assignment 1 Term & Year: Term 1 / 2012 Word Count: 535 DECLARATION I declare that this assignment is my own work, based on my own personal research and study. I also declare that this assignment, 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 plagiarized the work of another student and/or persons. I have read the ACAP Student Plagiarism and Academic Misconduct Policy and understand its implications. “Bullying is a systematic and repeated abuse of power”- according to Prof. Ken Rigby, a world-wide expert in studying bullying. Though there is no universal definition of bully, it can be generally defined as: dominating or hurting someone/ unfair action by the perpetrator(s) and an imbalance of power/ a lack of adequate defence by the target and feelings of oppression and humiliation. Historically bullying has occurred in schools, travelling to and from, in playgrounds, and now with students having access to technology such as the internet and mobile phones there is a rise in “cyber bullying” with students. As society as a whole begins to consciously recognise the common occurrence and at times the disturbing effects of ‘bullying in schools’, many developed countries are now researching the causes of bullying and seeking to find satisfactory solution/s. In the early 1970’s Dr. Dan Olweus published the results of his world first systematic research on bullying in a Swedish book. His results were also published in the United States under the title of Aggression in schools: Bullies and Whipping

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