Bullying is the biggest challenge to 8th graders.
Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.
"Close to half of all children will experience school bullying while they are at primary or secondary school. At least 10% of children are bullied regularly."
To me, bullying is a absolute terrible thing that happens on a day to day basis and honestly makes me sick to my stomach. I see bullying going on at my own school and feel like I can't do anything about it without getting judged or disrespected because I was doing the right thing. 8th graders have a ton of bullying go on around them, and don't speak up about it. Bullies seem to.. well bully others to get a positive feeling out of it for themselves.
"When kids see bullying, they may not know what to do. They may feel depressed or worried. They may be absent from school because they don’t feel safe. They may join in or stay silent so they won’t get bullied themselves." Children who see bullying happen.. often don't report it happening and so it continues to happen over and over.
What bullying looks like:
- Name-calling, unwelcome teasing or taunting
- Slapping, hitting, pinching, punching or kicking
- Locking someone in a confined space
- Unwelcome touching
- Racial or homophobic/transphobic slurs
- Destroying or stealing belongings
- Name-calling, sarcasm or teasing
- Threatening notes, letters, emails, phone calls or gossip
- Threatening with words, actions, weapons or graffiti
- Spreading rumours, gossip or excluding someone from a group