Amanda Todd and bullying case study
Two types of bullying can be noted from the story of Amanda Todd, namely Cyberbullying and physical bullying. The former is where someone posted a picture showing her breasts on the internet, and that was the beginning of her predicament. Everyone in the society wants to be respected, but the respect always diminishes when the obscene when one’s obscene pictures are seen on social media. Amanda Todd became depressed when the photo was posted on social media. Most of the people online could then ridicule and insulted her to the point that she was psychologically disturbed. Physical bullying is when she was beaten up when the one who was supposed to be her boyfriend told his girlfriend to beat her up, and that is how she was beaten and injured in the process, leaving her with both emotional and physical injuries.
Amanda experienced several consequences after being bullied. She was physically injured when she was physically bullied in the school. Her self-esteem went down, which made her not to believe in herself anymore, and that is what brought about various psychological diseases that led to her death. The third consequence is the fact that she suffered various psychological diseases such as anxiety disorder and depression that affected her life negatively, eventually making her lose her life in the process.
There are various strategies that Amanda’s teachers and parents could have used to reduce the episodes of bullying that Amanda was going through while in school. The first strategy was to ensure that Amanda has a break on any form of technology. She was visiting the internet-enabled her to see her photo posted online and the accompanying comments that affected her psychologically. Taking a technology break would mean that she would not see the pictures and any negative comment that was made about her, and that would have helped in the reduction of cyberbullying (Patchin & Hinduja, 2012). The other strategy that could have helped in protecting Amanda from bullying would be closely monitoring her and understanding the people that she was interacting with. It is always important to watch any person that is susceptible to bullying and provide them with the necessary support when they need it. For instance, if the parents and the teachers monitored the other students and the people whom Amanda was interacting with, it would be easy to protect her whenever the bullies came close to her (Rigby & Bauman, 2009).
There are several similarities in the bullying that takes place today and bullying that took place when I was still in high school. One of the similarities is that in both cases, physical bullying still exists. The big-bodied students in the schools are likely to bully the small-bodied students. The other similarity is that the persons who are bullied are scared to report because the bullies threaten them of dire consequences if they report. One of the differences bullying between now and the time that I was in high school is that in the current age, technology had made it possible to monitor students as opposed to the traditional days when technology was not advanced. The other difference is the fact that nowadays, parents are more concerned with student affairs compared to the time when I was in high school.
Some of the factors that predispose an individual to become a bully include having a history of being bullied, which makes an individual develop bullying behaviors. The other factor that makes children be bullies has permissive parents that are the parents that have not set rules for their children. The other factor is experiencing low esteem makes people become bullies by way of compensation. Those with the history of being bullied should go through therapy that will tell them how bad such behavior is in society. Parents are also supposed to set rules for their children as a way of preventing them from going astray. Those with low self-esteem should be encouraged and made to understand that they are important in society (Rigby & Bauman, 2009).
Rigby, K., & Bauman, S. (2009). How school personnel tackle cases of bullying: A critical examination. In Handbook of bullying in schools (pp. 465-478). Routledge.
Patchin, J. W., & Hinduja, S. (Eds.). (2012). Cyberbullying prevention and response: Expert perspectives. Routledge.