Thursday, March 29, 2012

Bullying in Schools
I recently decided to change my research paper topic to bullying in school. I think that this is a major issue that every teacher in the school needs to be aware of. It is important to know the difference between cyber bullying and bullying. I also know that teachers should be educated on what to do if they see signs of bullying, including violent or suicidal thoughts.
One article that I have found gives some great statistics on the percentages of students in a high school being bullied. Statistics showed that boys were bullied slightly more than girls in school, and girls experienced cyber bullying slightly more than boys. The article breaks up the percentages of students being bullied into different grade levels as well. It was interesting to see that 21.4% of students reported being bullied 9th grade and that this number is cut in half as only 10.6% of students in 12th grade reported being bullied. I was somewhat surprised to see that the percentages of whites being bullied was just about the same as the percentage of non-whites being bullied. There was a slight difference in the percentage of heterosexually identified students compared to the percentage of students who were non-heterosexually identified. The students who identified as non-heterosexual were bullied slightly more.
Another reason I liked the article was because it divided the different effects of suicide into depressive symptoms, suicidal ideation, self-injury, suicide attempt, and suicide attempt with medical treatment. It was definitely interesting to see how cyber bullying and school bullying had different effects.  

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