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Bullying

About Bullying

Children walking in a school hallwaysSchool bullying has likely existed as long as schools themselves. The consequences of such bullying were once limited to name-calling and occasional schoolyard fights. In the twenty-first century, however, school bullying has taken a more serious turn; some bullied students turn to violence as a solution—through suicide or deadly acts carried out against their persecutors and other students. These tragedies have led to heightened awareness among parents, children, educators, and law enforcement experts about the harmful short- and long-term effects of bullying. An increase in online harassment, commonly called cyberbullying, has drawn attention and resulted in some legislation to prosecute perpetrators. (Opposing Viewpoints)

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  • What excuses do offenders make for bullying someone?
  • What are personality factors that contribute to bullying?
  • Does bullying differ based on gender?
  • What are the various types of bullying?
  • Which strategies and resources are used to deal with bullying?
  • Can bullying lead to school shootings?
  • Can bullying have a lasting effect?
  • Do bullies outgrow their behavior?
  • Is bullying a problem in the workplace?
  • How can cyber bullying be prevented?
  • How are schools legally liable, if they fail to protect students from bullying?
  • What are the legal consequences of bullying?
  • When does bullying become a hate crime?