The Definition of Bullying

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The Definition of Bullying
Jonathan C Howell
ITT Technical Institute
October 7, 2015

The Definition of Bullying
Bullying is when a person or persons uses words, emotions and/or actions to intentionally harm another person. News reports have reported that it is expanded to social media on the internet. It is all about intimidation or making the person feel inferior to another person.
Defining bullying accurately is important. Bullying can be mistaken for other behavior. If it is a one-time event, do we punish that person? I think there must an established pattern of this behavior, before it is defined as bullying. Because a person has a bad day, that is not bullying. We must be cautious moving toward defining bullying. I think it is important to examine the root cause of bullying; then we are better equipped to treat the offenders.
Punishment should fit the crime. I believe that prison is not the answer. Prison doesn’t correct the problem, it only exacerbates the behavior. By sending a person to prison affects that person, their family and the person bullied. Only one person benefits, the person that was bullied. The military generally retrains offenders; they are provided an opportunity to correct bad behavior.
My understanding of the definition of bullying has changed. As I got older, with children of my own, I know that bullying comes in a variety of forms. My definition is very specific because I am able to identify the behavior. I feel it’s our responsibility to be specific in defining that behavior. By being specific when defining, bullying, it is clear what behavior we will not…...

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