NAME: Sarah Carini
TITLE OF SPEECH: Bullying
Introduction: Bullying. I’m sure it has happened to all of us at one point or another but it is one of those things that should never happen. Growing up I personally did not have trouble with being bullied because I had and still have today the courage to say what is on my mind and I didn’t and don’t care what people think of me. It’s one of those things that you think about it will never happen to me but in reality it can happen to anyone. In today’s world though not many kids have that confidence, it’s all about being cool and being in with the in crowd instead of being yourself. So I am here today to give you the facts on what bullying is, why it happens, and what we can do to prevent it.
I. So what is bullying exactly? According to stop bullying.gov, the definition of bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.
A. In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include two things. One is an imbalance of power and two repetition.
1. An Imbalance of power is when kids who bully use their power such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people (stopbullying.org).
2. Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once. These include but not restricted to, actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.
B. So, why does bullying happen? No one is a hundred percent why it happens but there are many reasons and theories as to one might bully but according to Bullyingnoway.gov those include:...