“It was not that big of a deal. And I think the bullying is becoming more and more severe.”
One of the first problems with bullying is that it can be made light of at times and is often over-looked.
“The biggest issue is that most people don’t report bullying,” Trammell said. “‘It’s just part of life and it’s part of growing up’ is what a lot of parents and different people think, and so it’s not reported as often as it occurs.”
On the flip-side, the term bullying can be taken out of hand as well.
“The key to bullying is persistence,” Trammell said. “If it’s a one time incident, a lot of the times it’s not considered bullying.
“Now if it is a one time incident and it’s very severe, that can be considered bullying.”
Another central problem with bullying is that, despite the stereotypical big kid giving little Johnny a black eye for his lunch money, the effects of bullying are becoming more emotional and permanent than they are physical and instances of “kiss and make up.”
“Kids are getting more cruel with their bullying,” Trammell said. “Used to, if a kid called you a name, it was not that big of a deal.
“But now (with socialmedia) they can call you a name and they can totally ruin your reputation because they can put it out there for your boss, for [college] recruiters for your parents to see. It can just totally ruin someone’s image. There is no taking it back once it’s on the internet.”
To make things worse, instances of cyber bullying are growing.
“We’ve actually had more cyber bullying than bullying this year,” Trammell said. “Cyber bullying has become very popular because [students] think they are anonymous and it doesn’t affect them at school if they do it on the internet.”