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Old March 24th, 2012, 04:05 PM   #1
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I've been contemplating the different reasons bullying has evolved alongside the increase in child/teen suicides. I'm only applying this to the 90s and 2000s because I started elementary school in the 90s and have no idea how/why children were bullied during the decades prior. Bullying has never been discussed to the degree that it is today. Perhaps enough people have finally recognized bullying as a truly terrible epidemic. Personally, I think the anti-bullying movement was born out of a mixture of fear over child/teen suicides and the fact that victims of bullying appear far less quiet about their predicament then ever before.



I think the following are the leading reasons for why bullying has evolved over the past twenty years:



The rise of social media (the development of cyberbullying)

The rise of childhood obesity

The increase of LGBT youth not hiding who they are

Lack of school response to reported incidents by students or parents



Note: I don't have any statistics about whether bullying has actually increased or not. I've read several articles that pointed out that bullying may have not increased, it's actually the amount of media coverage that has increased.



What reasons do you think bullying has evolved into the epidemic it is today?



Suicide is such a drastic and final action for young people to make. I'm actually less surprised when teens resort to extreme violence since it's what I'd expect of someone tormented on a daily basis. Violence was my own initial reaction when I faced bullying during middle school.

Any thoughts on why more and more children and teens are choosing suicide or murder as the solution to their bullying problem?
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I doubt there's actually been an increase in suicides of gay teens or bullying, just better awareness of the problem. The brother of a kid in my class killed himself in the early 70s when he was in his late teens, and I didn't find out until years later that it was likely because he was gay.
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I doubt there's actually been an increase in suicides of gay teens or bullying, just better awareness of the problem. The brother of a kid in my class killed himself in the early 70s when he was in his late teens, and I didn't find out until years later that it was likely because he was gay.


Arguably, discrimination has lessened.



In high school, a cousin several times asked me to come along and "roll some queers."



We were from "good homes," non-Christian homes in both cases.



I'm a good fighter, but I never took him up on his offer.
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I doubt there's actually been an increase in suicides of gay teens or bullying, just better awareness of the problem. The brother of a kid in my class killed himself in the early 70s when he was in his late teens, and I didn't find out until years later that it was likely because he was gay.


I agree. It's just an issue of more awareness. Bullying has been around as long as the human speicies.
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I do think that the internet plays a part in this. The anonymity that the internet affords allows a level of viciousness that was unheard of in the past. There are people in this very forum that are examples of that. And they are supposed to be emotionally mature adults.
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I do think that the internet plays a part in this. The anonymity that the internet affords allows a level of viciousness that was unheard of in the past. There are people in this very forum that are examples of that. And they are supposed to be emotionally mature adults.


The internet increases our awareness of just about everything.
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I do think that the internet plays a part in this. The anonymity that the internet affords allows a level of viciousness that was unheard of in the past. There are people in this very forum that are examples of that. And they are supposed to be emotionally mature adults.


The internet increases our awareness of just about everything.


I agree that part of this is an increase in awareness.



But part of it is also a loss of civility. This comes from the anonymity of the internet. It's one thing to call people names or to question their morality when you have to expose yourself to do it....it's quite another when you can do it and no one knows who you are.
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I do think that the internet plays a part in this. The anonymity that the internet affords allows a level of viciousness that was unheard of in the past. There are people in this very forum that are examples of that. And they are supposed to be emotionally mature adults.


The internet increases our awareness of just about everything.


I agree that part of this is an increase in awareness.



But part of it is also a loss of civility. This comes from the anonymity of the internet. It's one thing to call people names or to question their morality when you have to expose yourself to do it....it's quite another when you can do it and no one knows who you are.

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I do think that the internet plays a part in this. The anonymity that the internet affords allows a level of viciousness that was unheard of in the past. There are people in this very forum that are examples of that. And they are supposed to be emotionally mature adults.


The internet increases our awareness of just about everything.


I agree that part of this is an increase in awareness.



But part of it is also a loss of civility. This comes from the anonymity of the internet. It's one thing to call people names or to question their morality when you have to expose yourself to do it....it's quite another when you can do it and no one knows who you are.

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Baghdad Gary.....?

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I am more than willing to call you that to your face if you want.
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What has changed about bulllying since 1990, even since 2005, is that a bunch of publicity-seeking celebs and pandering politicians have tried to hijack bullying and turn it into a homosexual issue.



Are there really more "LGBT youth" or has it become fashionable in recent years to profess gayness?



The only way to control bullying is to involve the parents quickly, and to keep them closely involved in disciplining their own children.



Arcane bureaucracies, such as those created by state governments in NJ and MN, are not the right solution, and waste even more money
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