Bullying: Causes and Effects of Bullying in Schools
Bullying is one of the merging problems that children as well as teenagers are facing at the school as they want to take a revenge for being victims of bullying and urge to be in control.
The first cause of bullying is revenge for being victims of bullying. Some people may feel that their parents or their older sibling are bullying them. As a result of this feeling, these victims bully others as a way of seeking to be equal. According to Mark & Ratliffe (2011) “getting bullied by any of these people may tempt some to claim a sort of authority for themselves through bullying, rather than reaching out for help in dealing with their own issues in a more productive way.” The same case happens with cyber bullying occasions. Often, cyber bullying happens as a result of offline bullying of the perpetrators in their lives by others. However, cyber bullies do not have the courage to bully their victims in person and thus use the tools at their disposal to perpetrate intimidation to others. Another unfortunate consequence of this is that bullying is often cyclical. People who have been bullied can, in an attempt to gain their power and self-esteem back, become bullies themselves. In relation to this, bullies who are not confronted or stopped may find themselves in future positions where they can bully as adults. This is where manipulative bosses and child abusers come from.
The second cause of bullying is the urge to be in control. When individuals bully others, they instill fear in them and thus achieve control over them. This gives them power and an urge for more power leads to increased instances of bullying. Such occasions become a routine in a way that the perpetrator assumes the role a serial bully and enjoys doing it for more power. The seventh cause of is the reward attached to bullying. In most cases, individuals bully others to gain acceptance from their peers or to belong into a group. As such, they perpetrate bullying, even though it might seem morally wrong to them, to maintain recognition or membership to the peer group.