One of the most important periods in an individual’s life is, without doubt, their school years. School is a place where children and teenagers socialize, obtain different social skills, and prepare themselves for their future life and career. School is also a time of turbulent psychological processes, which are typical in one’s teen years; teenagers are especially vulnerable in terms of influence—both positive and negative—on their psyche. In connection to this factor, one should consider the phenomenon typical for many schools around the world, and which can negatively affect a developing individual: school bullying . This problem is so widespread and may cause such severe damage—both psychological and physical—that there already are several preconditions for declaring it a public health issue (Huffington Post).
Bullying is something that can be prevented. This has to be handled by parents and school staff. Parents can help children understand what bullying is and explain to the children that bullying is bad. Teachers too should get involved and educate children on the harmful effects of bullying. The most opportune time to prevent bullying is before it begins. Schools should build rules against bullying and bullies should be punished. Teaching children to handle a bully is also a good way of preventing further problems. Bullies get away with bullying because they can. Once they understand that they cannot get away with it, they stop. A clear, calm “no” while looking in the bully’s eye is one way to handle a bully. However, sometimes this does not work. Children should be advised and encouraged to consider outside help before the bullying escalates.