What’s This About? Did you know there are many different types of bullying? It can take several forms, including physical, verbal, social, written, emotional, and cyber bullying. Technological advancement and modernization has made it easier to tease and upset others in society with little repercussion. The act of harming or hurting through bullying is becoming a more serious issue around the globe. So schools are coming up with solutions and guidebooks to stop it once and for all. But should schools make even stricter policies to stop the teasing or are there other alternatives to resolve this problem?
This house believes school policies should protect kids from teasing.
“I agree…” An increasing number of parents have been facing their worst nightmare as more children are being bullied in school. According to the FBI, “Bullying remains one of the largest problems in schools, with the percentage of students reportedly bullied at least once per week steadily increasing.” Statistics also show that in South Korea, nearly 10 percent of student populations at Korean primary and secondary schools have suffered from various forms of bullying, according to a survey by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. Sadly, too many schools have experienced tragedies, where students have committed suicide due to bullying both on and off school grounds. Although the awareness of bullying is growing, schools are not doing enough to prevent it and the tragic outcomes that result from it.
Students spend a fairly large amount of time at school, where they learn to map and model the world. Schools should spread positivity and be a safe place for students to learn. Despite the plethora of anti-bullying posters that have gone up on school walls to raise awareness, bullying still exists. And some parents are still clueless about their child even being victims. This calls for schools to take bullying more seriously and implement stricter policies that will appropriately punish such behaviors and help eradicate it altogether. The amount of trauma and distress that results from bullying is too great to have loose school policies against this issue.
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“I disagree…” Students spend at least one third of their days at school, learning about various subjects, engaging with peers, and sharpening their skills. It’s true that school becomes a big part of life, but bullying cannot be stopped through simple policies and rules. The effects of bullying actually go beyond the schoolyard, into homes, parks, and the street. Schools can help to give moral lessons, but it’s crucial for parents to take part in building on the foundations that school provides. Schools and governments are handing out guidebooks on bullying to help parents prepare, take action, and make a difference. According PREVNet, an Ontario-based bullying prevention program, “Providing healthy relationships is a key way to prevent bullying.” In order to do that, not only should schools make an effort, but parents should also support and act as role models for their children.
Furthermore, stricter school policies could only confuse students and hinder them from learning. According to Brea L. Perry, a professor of sociology at Indiana University, a “punitive school environment can subvert genuine institutional authority and create student apathy, anxiety, and disconnection.” She also added, “Safe, effective learning environments must ultimately come from supportive school relationships, not ‘tough on crime’ policies that alienate students from one of the most important socializing institutions of their lives.” Therefore, instead of policies, schools should provide programs that promote healthier relationships.
Joanne Yang For The Teen Times (firstname.lastname@example.org)
1. Why did the schools come up with solutions to deter bullying?
2. What is the key to preventing bullying according to PREVNet?
3. Why would stricter school policies cause confusion among students?
1. Have you ever experienced bullying at school?
2. Can you think of better ways to combat bullying?
3. Do you think stricter school policies would make a difference? Why or why not?