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BULLYING: CONTROVERSY AND PREVENTION

In today’s American society, one of the most controversial issues is bullying which can be defined as “unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance,” meaning that the person doing the bullying sees him/herself as inferior to the person being bullied. Most of the time, bullying as an aggressive type of behavior does not just occur once or twice but is repeated or has “the potential to be repeated, over time,” such as being bullied every day at school or when circumstances create the opportunity to be bullied. The most common type of bullying is physical violence, such as being punched, kicked, slapped, or in some instances fully assaulted (What is Bullying? 2013).

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School Leadership and Counselors Working Together to Address Bullying

In their article, “School Leadership and Counselors Working Together to Address Bullying”, Sheila Austin(2012), Glenda Reynolds and Shirley Barnes address the issue of ongoing and ever more aggressive school bullying. Their article proposes a school-wide program in which both school personnel and parents take active action in order to stop bullying and increase safety for students. The article is very well researched and provides clear solutions to the identified problems. However, there are few problems in the manner in which the authors organized the article which diminish its effect on the readers, which will be discussed bellow.

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Bullying

Bullying has always existed in our societies but internet has made it possible for individual members of the society to unite their voices in ways that were not possible before. Access to information and knowledge is at our finger-tips which is why episodes of bullying with serious consequences quickly become national news. Growing public concern and awareness has forced more parents, educators, and political figures to speak about the issue because internet has increased accountability.