Bullying Today
Jennifer Lackey
University of Phoenix
April 21, 2014
Erick Lear

There is an epidemic surrounding our youth across the nation today.   Bullying is causing havoc on many kids in today’s society. It has been a growing problem for many years in various places around the world affecting up to 54% of children around the world (Vanderbuilt & Augustyn, 2010); however it is now more predominate in America. There unfortunately is not a complete cure and no one is immune. Bullying can happen anywhere at any time and comes in a variety of forms this day in age. At some point in everyone’s life they have encountered some form of bullying or witnessed this cruel behavioral problem.  

Bullying Today
Bullying has become a horrendous problem and crime sweeping through our schools. Many adolescents encounter in some way, a form of bullying during this stage of development. There are many schools, programs and organizations that have formed an   anti-bullying campaign in order to reduce this epidemic that is becoming more wide spread across the nation. A bully is best defined as one that is threatening, or cruel to someone who is seen as weaker in some way by another. One who intentionally shows progressively aggressive behavior towards another in various forms (Merriam-Webster, 2014). Having control and power over someone by abusing them in various ways is can lead to anxiety, anger, depression which can occasionally turn into suicide (Cambridge Educational, 2011). Bullying has been a part of people’s life for as long as individuals can remember, but until recently has it become such an issue that it now is gaining attention within many fields of study, causing   the research on this topic has increased exponentially.
Bullying can and will have a negative effects, both short-term and long-term, on both the victim and the bully in many psychological and behavioral ways. In many cases, being the victim of repeated bullying can...