Bully, Bullied, or Bystander— Which Are You?

March 2014 - Contemporary Issues
by Will Honeycutt (a.k.a. Doc H)

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March 2014 - Contemporary Issues

Four little boys sit around your table eating pizza and telling jokes. Chances are one of them will be bullied before age 18. Seventy-seven of the 100 adults in your church can, if pressed, tell their own stories of abuse at the hand of bullies. And now, the age-old story of cruelty has a new twist—cyber bullying—attacking through Facebook or other social media. Research documents an alarming trend—bullying is on the rise.*

Bullying, experts agree, “requires” at least three things.* First, an imbalance of power, where the “stronger” act to harm the “weaker” in some way. Second, abuse, which can be verbal (like name-calling and belittling speech), physical (like shoving, “accidentally” running into or tripping someone), or psychological (like deliberately excluding and isolating; sending threatening or degrading notes; or posting mean or obscene messages, threats, or pictures on the internet or through other media). Third, repetition Bullying is relentless and intended to beat down the victim.

Bullying happens among all age groups, including adults. Three-hundred pound Miami Dolphin linebacker Jonathan Martin spotlighted adult bullying last summer when he quit the professional football franchise, alleging that teammate Richie Incognito had verbally abused him. While instances of adult bullying are unusual, bullying involving children, teens,
or young adults is common, often within a school setting.

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