Bullying still a big problem

This month is National Bullying Prevention Month and what better time than now to discuss the still very relevant issue. Some believe bullying is something there will never be a solution to because of the alpha-dog mindset that there needs to be an inferior groups of people.

These people might not be too far off the mark since schools nationwide have implemented zero tolerance policies which hasn’t solved the issue especially with the wave of cyber-bullying which almost impossible to stop because in most cases, it’s difficult to track the source of bullying. Furthermore, bullying contributes to the number of suicides. We’re seeing an increase in cases similar to the Amanda Todd situation in which she was bullied so badly that she drank bleach and then later succeeded in ending her life.

There are some who believe bullying ends after high school but according to a Health News Day study, 15 percent of college students reported being bullied, 38 percent said they knew someone who is being bullied and 9 percent said they have participated in the antagonizing of another college student.

There are sites such as StopBullying.gov and NoBullying.com dedicated to educating the public about the issue. Sites like TheBullyingProject.com urge people to vow to stand up against bullying. These sites also offer tips on how to help reduce the problem to a minimum. Researchers have come to the conclusion that the most effective way of decreasing the problem, is to educate children as soon as they are old enough to understand what bullying is and to lead by example.