Verbal Bullying: A Serious Problem
Bullying indeed is an aggressive behavior which is intentional and involves an imbalance of power. Most often, it is repeated over time. Bullying can take many forms: physical bullying (hitting or punching), verbal bullying (name-calling, teasing), social or emotional bullying (exclusion, hurtful gestures), or cyber-bullying (negative messages via e-mail or text messaging).
Verbal bullying is the most frequent form which is experienced by both boys and girls. Often, even among young students, this form of bullying involves negative language that is sometimes sexual in nature which is indeed very serious. Sometimes, this sexual language refers to person’s actual or perceived sexual orientation (for example, targeting an individual as being ‘gay’ or ‘lesbian’ or even ‘bisexual’) which really lowers down the self-esteem of an individual.
It is also found that many teenagers hear derogatory words about sexual orientation at least once in a while, with more than half of teens surveyed hearing such words every day at school and even in the community. Negative name-calling and harassment about sexual orientation can be harmful to almost all the students, for some it might turn into severe mental problem too. It is also noticed that three out of four students who are bullied with such remarks are actually not identified as gay, lesbian or bisexual.
There are Negative effects of Bullying and harassment on the development and mental health of students, such as extreme anxiety and depression, relationship problems, low self-esteem, substance abuse, and even thoughts of suicide. These students are also at much higher risk of physical assault than other children and youth. Heterosexual students are two to three times likely to commit suicide and may account for a startling 30 percent of all completed youth suicides. These students are also more likely to experience suicidal thoughts, plans, and attempts than other students.
To stop this type of bullying adult responses and help are indeed necessary. They really can stop this and can save many students lives who are the future of a country. No child or adolescent deserves to be bullied like such. No one should tolerate any anti homosexual slurs and if someone sees it they should instantly protest against it. To stop this all the students should protest and could start a rally against it which would empower the self-esteem of an individual. Sometimes it is also worth if student unions or school clubs took hold to stop this which would really help individuals to empower their courage so that they can themselves protest against this type of bullying. Encourage any young person who is bullied so that they won’t feel bad and could protest against it if face afterwards. It is also good to provide confidential help from a school counselor or other mental health professional to someone who really needs it.