By Tristan Miller-Lammert, Trending Writer
Some form of bullying has been around forever. People always find ways of messing with each other in aggressive ways. “In the 18 century, bullying-related behaviors like peer-on-peer harassment were very common but not treated with…seriousness”. Society has put up with terrible things in the past but, “thanks to activism and global social awareness, they are now condemned”.
However, this does not change that statistically bullying is still a global problem.
In 2013, it was found that Australia had the highest workplace bullying rates in the world with $8 billion lost annually due to illness and absenteeism, most of which was due to workplace bullying.
A further look at the numbers reveals some uncomfortable truths. Among the fact that 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year, 67 percent of students do not think that their schools handle bullying well. These numbers are not isolated to a particular culture either. They represent a harsh and unfair reality everywhere.
A United Kingdom based survey, “The Annual Bullying Survey,” looks at 4,800 people between the ages of 13 and 20 across 73 schools in Great Britain.
Results for 2015 found that 50 percent of young people have bullied someone else and that 74 percent of those bullied report some kind of physical attack. As a result of this problem, 27 percent of those surveyed have skipped classes or run away from home.
But this is not an issue isolated to the schoolyard or campus. 62 percent of young people surveyed in the United Kingdom reported having been cyberbullied. Lawless and global, the web makes bullying a worldwide, ever-present problem.
The internet is notorious for its revolution in ‘anonymity’ with sites like 4chan, Reddit, or Facebook and online gaming, allowing people to interact with each other from behind a username or fake identity.
This is where things tend to snowball. 90 percent of teens, who use social media, say they have ignored obvious cyberbullying and 81 percent of teens agree that bullying online is far easier to get away with than in real life. This means that there is a culture which accepts cruelty as long as it goes unnoticed or unpunished.
People all around the world go to school and the internet has 3 billion active users. Therefore, people are exposed to bullying everywhere in the world. This is a genuine cause for concern and it is not something in which schools and companies can ignore. Although these statistics are drawn from surveys of teens and young adults, the culture of abuse and mistreatment, which kids can grow up in today, just continues in the real world after school.
The statistics should not be ignored and it is unacceptable that anyone suffers because of someone else. It is time to look for solutions to the global issue of bullying. Bullying affects the collective future of people in general in which all across the globe share.
A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, November 3rd print edition.
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