By : Neng Sari Binti PaudziIntroduction
School bullying is an act that having physically, verbally, emotionally or electronically connections to the victim which connected to education. It takes place either inside or outside of the schools. Bullying is a common and serious problem in most Malaysian schools. Various steps have been taken by the authority to combat this issues, unfortunately, the cases of bullying have been only increasing in the past years. Statistic from Education Ministry revealed that there were more than 14,000 cases of bullying in schools between 2012 and 2015, with most of them involving physical bullying. Although the number of reported cases has dropped over the years, there is an increase in cases in secondary schools, from 0.06 percent of cases in 2015 to 0.11 percent cases last year.
1.0 The effect of bullying
1.1 The effect of bullying is on academic performance.
After a child repeatedly facing a bully, a child may started to refuse to go to school. Their grades may also begin suffer, both because of absence in a school and their inability to concentrate in class. According to the Education Ministry, “bullying impacts approximately 200,000 every year and some 50,000 students stay home from school each day because of bullying in Malaysia”. Some of these students eventually drop out of a school. For example, the student who are bullied feels so scared to go school day by day and can make their performance on academic become more down and failed.
1.2 Student tent to depression and anxiety.
The number of students that having depression increase year by year in Malaysia. The student who are bullied experience depression on various different levels depending on the severity of bullying. Most of the student do not talk about bullying initially at their homes. So parents should always check on their child’s behavior in order to detect any such problem that they have been through in school at the earliest before become it more worst. Students who are bullied often do not feel comfortable in talking about bully. The level of anxiety and depression can cause serious issues because it can be lead to academic problem, frequent absence, loneliness, and social isolation. Hence, parents should be more like friends and spend more time with their children so that they can discuss their problems.
2.0 Ways to stop bullying
Every problem has a solution of some sort. Teachers play an important role in keeping school conducive and free from bullies. Schools should also take important steps to educate bullies to let them know the bullying is a serious problem that can become.
2.1 Identify the bullies and approach them in a soft manners.
So that it can make easier to speak with them. Teachers should speak to them on anything that catching their attention because bullies sometimes just need people who listen to them. A simple talk can mean a world to them because they actually need attention from people. Teacher should also encourange students to not isolate them during group activities or friendly talk, to enable a bully to mix in with society. For example, activities such as dramas, the teacher should mix them with another student in one group so that the bullies feels more appreciated without feels marginalized. It is because friends are important in a students’ lives and only friends can change another friend.
2.2 Schools should organized campaign every year.
To educate and let them know how bullying can ruin lives and the effect that can the student who are bullied should through. In some schools, the bullies are brought to a jail because bullying is a serious problem that can brought effect to the student. Interviewing inmates related to bullying can give a whole new insight to bullies and can change them to be a better person. Most of bullies regret their acrions and take part in government program in order educate the young to quit from being bullying. For example, bullying can lead to other big issues in the future such as getting involved in group fights, murder, arson, and even trouble with the law. So, school should play their role to avoid bullying happen in school because bullying is the first step to failure.ConclutionBullying is a serious crime and can ruin our lives. Bullies should change for the better future and they are many others things or activities to do then bullying. Every student should avoid from being bullies because being bullies can make them have many problems and effect. Failure to snap out from bullying can lead unhappy, worrying and paranoid life ahead. Prevention is a better than cure. Bullies should realise and change to be a better person before ending up in jail for their action and then regretting for what that they have do.