The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry claims that about half of all students in elementary and middle school will experience bullying at school. Bullies intend to intimidate or humiliate others to make themselves look or feel superior. For victims this can be severely damaging, emotionally, socially, and intellectually. It can even be life threatening. But what about bully pictures?
Types of Bullying and their relation to anti bullying pictures
Bullying can happen among different age groups and among varying group dynamics. As our culture evolves and adapts to technological changes in our society, the types of bullying grow more complex.
Physical bullying involves punching, kicking, pushing, tripping, and even spitting on as well as use of violent weapons. In 2013, a study by The Urban Institute reported that 41% of bullying incidents were physical. (Zweig, Dank, Lachman & Yahner, 2013)
Psychological bullying is usually verbal. The Urban Institute reports that 45% of the bullied subjects they studied were victims of psychological bullying. This includes being insulted, name calling, rumor spreading, and being left out of peer groups intentionally.
With the growing availability and use of personal electronic devices by the younger generations, cyber-bullying has become a growing public problem. The Pew Research Center Internet Project (2011) reports that 95% of all teens ages 12-17 have online access and that 80% of teens who are online use social media sites such as FaceBook Instagram and SnapChat. The Urban Institute Study reports that of the students who reported bullying, 17% were victims of cyber-bullying. An example of cyber-bullying would be when a child’s photo is taken without their knowledge. The photo is then posted to social media with negative comments and running negative commentary. The child who was photographed may never even know that their picture had been taken. In addition to social media, cyber-bullying can occur through email or phone text (including sexting). The effects can be devastating and damage can be difficult to repair. Parents need to be ever vigilant about what their kids are posting on the social media sites. Parents need to oversee their kids email and text content.
Bully Pictures: Suicide and Violence Statistics
The Centers for Disease Control and Protection(CDC) reports that each year approximately 4,600 people between the ages of 10 and 24 die from suicide. Approximately 157,000 of these people attempt suicide and require medical attention. National Center for Educational Statistics reported that in 2013 27.8% of students indicated that they had been bullied at school. More than half reported being bullied once or twice during the school year. Just under 10% said that it happens almost daily.
The World Health Organization reported in 2002 that most people who commit suicide had symptoms of depression. Since bullying can lead to isolation and depression, the relationship between bullying and suicide is very clear. Bullying can lead the victim to seek revenge. The victim of bullying wants to retaliate against his attacker, the bully. A series of recent school shootings in the U.S. suggests that acts of violence against students and administrators was the result of bullying.
The National Crime Victimization Study (NCES 2013) reports that of the students who are bullied, nearly 5% of them carry weapons. They further report that just over 5% of students brought a weapon onto school property.
The Canadian Medical Association states that the age of self-harm onset is about 15 years old. SAVE: Suicide Awareness Voices of Education reported in 2014 that among children ages 10 to 14, 1 in 65,000 commit suicide each year. Many students seriously consider suicide. Many make a suicide plan but don’t carry it out. Social isolation is a large risk factor for suicidal behavior. Suicide is a large potential problem for teens who are feeling socially excluded as a result of bullying.
Bully Pictures: Federal and State Laws Surrounding Bullying
Laws and policies surrounding bullying are governed on a state level, rather than on a federal level. The federal government will intervene if discriminatory harassment is a part of the bullying. The federal government allows each state to determine bullying laws and/or policy. To view the laws and/or policy for your state, check the State Anti-Bullying Laws & Policies page on StopBullying.gov, a federal government website managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
Bully Pictures: Anti-Bullying School Programs
Schools have several anti-bullying programs available for implementation. Assemblies are commonly coordinated. This is when an experienced speaker addresses the entire school, in large groups, to discuss the topic of bullying and ways to deal with it. Tom Thelen is an anti-bullying speaker who travels to schools to address students by assembly. He also offers an interactive DVD curriculum that helps open the door to students for group discussion. Dr. Dan Olweus is a Norwegian professor who created the OLWEUS Bullying Prevention Program after three occurrences of peer bullying in Norway. His anti-bullying program includes DVDs and surveys for teachers and students. It also includes a training program for teachers.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is a large increase in school spending for professional development related to teen suicide. Most school districts require their schools to have action plans for suicide awareness.
Bully Pictures: Visual Promotion of Anti-Bullying Campaigns
The best way for schools to promote their anti-bullying campaigns is to strategically place bully pictures throughout the school. The posters should be age-relevant and should use content that the students can relate to. Bully pictures and anti-bully pictures carry strong messages and communicate a visual message to both the bully and the victim. Kids will say that the bully pictures are silly and ineffective, but there is a clear, though subtle, impact. Kids say, “No one stands there and reads the signs”. The kids do see the signs and they do read them. The simple presence of the bully picture communicates to the students that the school recognizes the problem and that they’re not going to tolerate bullying. Of course bullies will still bully and kids will still feel victimized, but the bully pictures send a strong message.
Many kids who are bullied don’t talk to anyone about it. The experience is humiliating and talking about it can make them feel worse. Posting anti-bullying pictures around a school communicates to students that the door is open for discussion. The school posts these pictures to let the victim know that help is available from administration. Knowing that the school has a zero-tolerance policy allows the kids to feel safe talking about their problems.
It’s unlikely that a student who bullies kids will look at a bully picture and think, “Guess I won’t be a bully today”. It will, however, let the bully know that the school takes this issue seriously. The bully pictures tell the bully that the school is intolerant of the behavior and that there will be consequences.
The pictures alone cannot prevent bullying. They’re a tool for the school to use in the enforcement of their anti-bullying program. The bully pictures aren’t enough to eliminate or even mitigate the problem. The school must take action and enforce a well-structured anti-bullying campaign which includes discussion about bullying and penalties for those who bully.
Bully Pictures: Types of Anti Bullying Pictures
Google “bully pictures” and get an abundance of images. Some are animated. Some are serious. Some send subtle messages that hint at the relationship between bullying and suicide. The school administration must consider the audience when choosing their bully pictures. Placing cartoon images in hallways of a high school would be ineffective. Posting ghostly images that relate to bullying and suicide would be inappropriate at an elementary school.
Bully Pictures: Anti-Bullying at Home
Anti-bullying campaigns aren’t restricted to the school systems. The home is a great place to start an anti-bullying campaign. If a parent suspects their child is a bully or a victim of bullying, it should be addressed at home. If it’s not, it will become a problem at school. Parents need to COMMUNICATE with their kids. If discussion seems impossible, use pictures. Pictures are a great communication tool. Most kids love posters. Anti-bullying posters for purchase are available to the general-public. Anyone can Google “bully pictures” to find a plethora of pictures that can be printed and posters that can be purchased. Parents need to make it clear in the home that being mean is unacceptable.