Explaining the Problem of Bullying in Hawaii

1. Summary of the Problem

Bullying is a current problem in Hawaii and the only way to help prevent this problem and help the children is to bring together communities and work together. On a phone survey, 92% of those people who voted said that bullying is a problem in Hawaii that the state needs to address.

2. DEFINE THE COMMUNITY THAT YOUR PROBLEM AFFECTS

The community that bullying affects is Kalihi. Kalihi is a small town on the southeast side of the island of Oahu. Many different ethnicities live in the area including all types of Polynesians and a widespread group of Asians. To most people, Kalihi is known to be ghetto and not a very safe place. Due to the many ehtnicities in the area, bullying is one thing to happen here.

3. How serious is this problem in your community?

Bullying impacted our community in many ways. One is that people are afraid of people from the housings. People from the housing cause more violence and the people who lives in the housings are mostly Polynesians. Second is that gangs are created by bullying because the victims are protecting themselvwe.

4. How Widespread is your problem in the state?

A statewide survey among registered Hawaii voters found that bullying among school-aged children continues to be a significant problem in Hawaii. The survey was conducted for Equality Hawaii Foundation by Qmark Research. Pollsters conducted 442 telephone interviews with Hawaii residents statewide. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.6 percent. Questions that were asked are:

  • “Remember back to when you were in school, yes or no, do you feel you personally were ever the victim of bullying?” 37 percent said yes, they were victims.
  • “Yes or no, has your child or the child of friends or family been the victim of bullying?” 44 percent said their child or a child of a friend or family member has been bullied.
  • “How important is it for the state of Hawaii to address bullying? Would you say it is very important, somewhat important, somewhat unimportant or very unimportant?” 92 percent of the voters say bullying is important for the state of Hawaii to address.

5. Why is this a problem that should be handled by the government? Should anyone else also take responsibility for solving the problem? why?

This is a problem that should be handled by the government because schools and communities do not enforce that this problem should stop.

Bullying and harassment in schools often includes violations of federally protected civil rights, the federal government warned Tuesday in new guidelines for educators on how to address the problem.

If school administrators fail to properly deal with harassment based on gender, race or other issues, they risk being cited for contributing to a pattern of civil rights violations that could, in extreme cases, lead to a cut in federal funding, according to top officials who spoke to reporters on a conference call about the new guidelines.

"In extreme cases, schools could be stripped of their federal education monies if they don't comply with all of our civil rights laws," said Russlynn Ali, assistant secretary for civil rights. Also on the call were Arne Duncan, secretary of education, and White House Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes.

Everyone should take responsibility in solving the problem of bullying. People who bully others should take action and stop bullying while the victims should speak up and be heard that they are getting bullied. Bystanders who see the problem happening should also take responsibility in stopping it or getting help from an adult. 

6. The Law for dealing with the problem is adequate, but it is not being well enforced

No federal law directly addresses bullying, in some cases, bullying overlaps with discriminatory harassment when it is based on race, national origin, color, sex, age, disability, or religion. When bullying and harassment overlap, federally-funded schools, including colleges and universities, have an obligation to resolve the harassment. When the situation is not adequately resolved, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division may be able to help.

The issue of harassment gained prominence this year after a spate of suicides by students who were being bullied. President Obama has called for greater awareness of the problem, saying the nation must "dispel the myth that bullying is just a normal rite of passage or an inevitable part of growing up."

The guidelines were part of a letter that began "Dear Colleague" sent Tuesday to thousands of schools, colleges, universities and school districts around the country that included examples of bullying and harassment cases that constituted violations of federal civil rights laws.

7. What disagreements, if any, exist in your community about this problem?

No disagreements exist in our community about bullying. Everyone feels that it is a problem that needs to stop here in our community.  Members here feel that everyone should help one another and look out for each other.

8. Who are major individuals, groups, or organizations taking sides on the problem?

There are different types of bullying but the major ones are cyber bullying, physical, and verbal.The major individuals or groups who are involve are teens, children , and also adults. Some people are creating organization to help those who are affected in bullying. Adults were not involve in stopping the bullies. Now those victims are taking their life because they are embarrassed and also hurt.

A) Why are they interested?

The people who are interested are foundations, groups, and also adults. This groups are interested because they provide  help for those victims. Also they are trying to build a better environment for everyone and create a generation who don't bully. They also donated million of dollar to create a foundation to help the victims.

B) What position are they taking?

The organization like the Pacers.org are preventing people from bullying and also further harm for those victims. They also give advice for the victims of bullying and help them stay positive at all time.

C) what are the advantages and disadvantage of their positions?

The advantages that the foundations give are shelter, support, and a better environment. Also they help victims with staying positive at all times. The disadvantage of the foundations are bullying is hard to stop. The victims are taking their life because they didn't get help and let the bullying happen.

D) How are they trying to influence government to adopt their views?

The organization are producing fliers, commercials and ads in the internet and also the television.

9. What levels of government or government agencies, if any, are responsible for dealing with the problem? What are they doing about the problem?

The federal government is responsible for dealing with the problem because bullying is actually against civil rights laws. President Obama and the First Lady are taking stands to stop bullying. In Washington DC, the President and First Lady called for a united effort to address bullying at the White House Conference on Bullying Prevention. Approximately 150 students, parents, teachers, non-profit leaders, advocates, and policymakers came together to discuss how they can work together to make our schools and communities safe for all students.

“If there’s one goal of this conference, it’s to dispel the myth that bullying is just a harmless rite of passage or an inevitable part of growing up. It’s not,” said President Obama. “Bullying can have destructive consequences for our young people. And it’s not something we have to accept. As parents and students; teachers and communities, we can take steps that will help prevent bullying and create a climate in our schools in which all of our children can feel safe.”

"As parents, this issue really hits home for us. It breaks our hearts to think that any child feels afraid every day in the classroom, on the playground, or even online," First Lady Michelle Obama said. "I hope that all of you – and everyone watching online – will walk away from this conference with new ideas and solutions that you can take back to your own schools and communities."

Every day, thousands of children, teens, and young adults around the country are bullied. Estimates are that nearly one-third of all school-aged children are bullied each year - upwards of 13 million students. Students involved in bullying are more likely to have challenges in school, to abuse drugs and alcohol, and to have health and mental health issues. If we fail to address bullying we put ourselves at a disadvantage for increasing academic achievement and making sure all of our students are college and career ready.

The conference encouraged schools, communities, and the private sector to join together to combat bullying. Today the White House also highlighted private, non-profit, and federal commitments to bullying prevention.

This is a graphic representation of the types of bullying reported between September 2011 to April 2012. It shows that the type of bullying with the most percentage is name calling and insults. Name calling and insults was reported 80% between September 2011 to April 2012. The next highest percentage of bullying reported was shoving and hitting which was 39%. The lowest percentage of bullying reported was weapon related which came to 4%. The reason why we chose this graphic presentation is because it showed the percentages of the types of bullying between September 2011 to April 2012. 

This is a graphic presentation of bullying- physical vs online. This graph shows that physical bullying occurs much more than cyber bullying. The age that has most percentage of physical bullying was the age of 16. The second highest percentage is the ages 17 and 18. The highest percentage of cyber bullying occurred in the age of 14. The second highest percentage was the age of 17. The graph also shows that at the age pf 15, bullying both physical and online had the lowest percentages. The reason why we chose this graphic representation is because it shows the percentages of physical and cyber bullying between the ages of 14 to 18. 

This is a picture showing one of the logos from the Teen Observer. The Teen Observer is an American University’s Discover the World of Communication program, developed by the School of Communication’s Sarah Menke-Fish and taught by faculty, combines forces with the National Student Leadership Conference to teach students from all over the world about journalism, scriptwriting, photography, broadcasting and public speaking as well as leadership. We chose this picture because it shows that to end bullying, you must take a stand and lend a hand. We also chose this picture because it looked really nice.

Citation

Federal Laws. (n.d.). Retrieved November 25, 2014, from http://www.stopbullying.gov/laws/federal/

1) It was published in 2014.

2) It is important because it explained bullying laws.

3) The source had a lot of authority because it stated facts.

4) We could rely on this source because it also had links to other websites saying the same things.

5) This information exists because bullying is a problem in the nation and in our state.

Graphs! (n.d.). Retrieved November 25, 2014, from http://stopbullyingterrawadman.weebly.com/graphs.html

1) It was published in 2012.

2) It is important because it showed the types of bullying in the nation.

3) The source had a lot of authority because it stated facts.

4) We could rely on this source because it showed a survey.

5) This information exists because bullying is a problem in the nation and in our state.

National Bullying Prevention Center. (n.d.). Retrieved November 25, 2014, from http://www.pacer.org/bullying/

1) It was published in 2014.

2) It is important because it is a website and organization trying to end bullying.

3) The source had a lot of authority because it stated facts.

4) We could rely on this source because it showed a FAQ about the organization and ways you could help.

5) This information exists because bullying is a problem in the nation and in our state.

Policies & Laws. (n.d.). Retrieved November 25, 2014, from http://www.stopbullying.gov/laws/

1) It was published in 2013.

2) It is important because it shows laws about bullying.

3) The source had a lot of authority because it stated facts.

4) We could rely on this source because it showed links that showed the same facts.

5) This information exists because bullying is a problem in the nation and in our state.

President Obama & the First Lady: Conference on Bullying Prevention. (n.d.). Retrieved November 25, 2014, from http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/video/2011/03/10/president-obama-first-lady-conference-bullying-prevention

1) It was published in 2014.

2) It is important because the President and First Lady talked about how we could end bullying.

3) The source had a lot of authority because it stated facts and the white house website posted it.

4) We could rely on this source because it’s from the President and First Lady.

5) This information exists because bullying is a problem in the nation and in our state.

STOP The Drama ... END The Hate ... STOMP Out BullyingThe Leading National Bullying and Cyberbullying Prevention Organization for Kids & Teens. (n.d.). Retrieved November 25, 2014, from http://www.stompoutbullying.org/

1) It was published in 2014.

2) It is important because it’s an organization trying to end bullying.

3) The source had a lot of authority because it stated facts.

4) We could rely on this source because it showed a FAQ about the organization.

5) This information exists because bullying is a problem in the nation and in our state.

School bullying remains major problem in Hawaii, new poll says. (n.d.). Retrieved November 25, 2014, from http://khon2.com/2014/05/22/school-bullying-remains-major-problem-in-hawaii-new-poll-says/

1) It was published in 2014.

2) It is important because it was a statewide survey about bullying.

3) The source had a lot of authority because it stated facts.

4) We could rely on this source because it showed a video.

5) This information exists because bullying is a problem in the nation and in our state.

Teen Observer. (n.d.). Retrieved November 25, 2014, from http://teen.americanobserver.net/2013/07/its-getting-better-anti-bullying-groups-formed-by-kids-for-kids/

1) It was published in 2014.

2) It is important because it is an organization to end bullying.

3) The source had a lot of authority because it stated facts.

4) We could rely on this source because it graphs and a FAQ.

5) This information exists because bullying is a problem in the nation and in our state.

What is Bullying. (n.d.). Retrieved November 25, 2014, from http://www.stopbullying.gov/what-is-bullying/

1) It was published in 2012.

2) It is important because it tells us what bullying is.

3) The source had a lot of authority because it stated facts.

4) We could rely on this source because it is from the government.

5) This information exists because bullying is a problem in the nation and in our state.

What's It Like to Live in Honolulu's Kalihi Neighborhood? (n.d.). Retrieved November 25, 2014, from http://honolulu.about.com/od/neighborhoods/a/Kalihi-Neighborhood-Profile.htm

1) It was published in 2013.

2) It is important because it tells us about our area of Kalihi.

3) The source had authority because it stated some facts.

4) We could rely on this source because it is showed an opinion.

5) This information exists because Kalihi is a place where we live.

When Cyberbullying Gets Real. (n.d.). Retrieved November 25, 2014, from https://youthradio.org/news/article/some-surprising-things-about-bullying-its-not-all-online/

1) It was published in 2014.

2) It is important because it tells us facts about bullying.

3) The source had authority because it stated facts.

4) We could rely on this source because it is showed links to other websites about bullying.

5) This information exists because bullying is a problem.

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