The former victim gains self-esteem and a stronger character, while the vanquished bully is served a bitter lesson that will surely cause them to contemplate their life choices and gain a desire to reform. Unfortunately, nothing about bullying or being a victim of bullying in real life is this simple.
Bullying is a result of complex social interactions that involve many aspects of personal and communal relationships. An understanding of the bully-victim relationship, the motivations of both bully and victim and how society handles this dynamic is essential if bullying is to be prevented. The best bullying prevention plans include elements that address the concerns and motivation of victims and bullies. These plans also include elements designed to train teachers, supervisors, coaches and parents in real techniques that allow them to support victims and reach out to bullies. Finally, these programs will work with resources within the community such as Student Resource Officers (SROs) and other law enforcement entities to educate the entire community about the changing face of bullying from a legal aspect. This is especially helpful with the rise in new forms of bullying such as Cyber-bullying and sexual harassment. The only way to prevent bullying is to take a holistic approach to the phenomenon
Traditionally, bullying prevention programs have focused on the bully. The thought was that if the bully could be contained, then the other potential victims could be protected from socially or physically aggressive individuals. Recent studies suggest that counseling or punishing bullies is only one part of the prevention program. Bullying, researchers have found, involves three distinct groups of individuals; the bullies, the victims and the bystanders (Breaking…, 2010). Addressing the role of each is essential to forming a holistic approach to bullying prevention programs. Starting with the victims, not