STOP BEING A BULLY and BE A BUDDY

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tognai created the topic: STOP BEING A BULLY and BE A BUDDY
STOP BEING A BULLY and BE A BUDDY.
By: Ellen Baldong, Jan Wayne Uyod, Jessa Love Canao,Cj Dean Dogui-is, Junar Bantasan, Jeffrey Corpuz.

Bullying, NO WAY! More than one billion children around the world attend school and many of them get to enjoy to be nurtured in a secure and stimulating school environment. However, for many, they aren’t given such opportunity. For years now, bullying has become a cancer within schools that is slowly but deliberately destroying the very foundation of the nation. School violence and bullying occurs throughout the world and affects a significant proportion of children and adolescents. It is estimated that 246 million children and adolescents experience school violence and bullying in some form every year. (UNESCO.org) Schools no longer serve as the second home for students that offer safety and security but a playground for bullying. Over the years, bullying incidents have been increasing drastically and has even made it to the national headlines causing quite an uproar among the citizens. Bullying needs to stop. Not only does it hamper a child’s development, bullying in all its forms has an adverse effect to a person well-being. It can lead to low academic performance, physical injuries, social, emotional and mental health problems, and even causes death. A recent UN report notes that “bullied children’s mental and physical health is at risk: they may show signs of depression or have problems eating, sleeping or complain of physical symptoms such as headaches or stomach aches.” Physical violence, including corporal punishment, can cause fatal or non-fatal injuries or other physical harm that can lead to a wide array of negative health behaviors and outcomes, including alcohol and drug use. Bullying victims would resort to substance abuse just to get away with their feelings of shame, powerlessness, and pain. Exposure to violence at an early age can impair brain development and damage other parts of the nervous system, as well as the endocrine, circulatory, musculoskeletal, reproductive, respiratory and immune systems, with lifelong consequences. One of the well-known effect of bullying would be its effect on mental health. Victims are likely to experience depression, stress and low self-esteem. This may be due to the pressure exerted by their perpetrators toward them. Feelings of anxiety are also experienced by victims because of fear that they would be victimized again. Bullying can also cause social withdrawal among the victims. The victims tend to isolate themselves from everyone due to fear, even from their own friends and family members. These social withdrawal can also be a result of his/her feelings of loneliness or sadness. Stress and anxiety caused by bullying and harassment can make it more difficult for learning. It can cause difficulty in concentration and decrease their ability to focus. Constant bullying could also push the student to avoid going to school in order to elude his/her perpetrators which would significantly affect not only his/her academic performance but his/her future as well. In worst cases, bullying can lead to loss of life. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year, according to the CDC. For every suicide among young people, there are at least 100 suicide attempts. Over 14 percent of high school students have considered suicide, and almost 7 percent have attempted it. With the diverse impacts that bullying has on every individual which include their overall welfare and health, critical solutions and immediate action needs to be undertaken. Addressing this issue needs community effort and everybody should take part. The whole community can establish a cross-sector collaboration to prevent and respond to the issue and the school staff can strengthen their ties with their stakeholders. Promoting a violence-free environment and awareness of school violence and bullying in schools could be another integral action. Increasing parent-child relationship by establishing an open and honest relationship can also be a crucial solutions to this so that the child can confide with the parent about any issue. Schools are a melting pot of students with diverse characteristics and features, each one is different from the other may it be on gender, physical appearance, ethnicity, social status, etc. but despite that difference, acceptance and respect for each other needs to be internalized. To our fellow students,

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