Jul 19th 2012

How to write a bullying essay

Bullying is, unfortunately, very common on most schools across the world. Bullying has been around for as long as anyone can remember, but it is only in recent years that schools have begun to encourage students to write essays on the topic of bullying. The main reason for this is because it is such an emotive subject and one which most people can empathise with - at one time or another, most children have been picked on or felt vulnerable.

A bullying essay is very similar to any other essay, with the main difference being how you handle the topic. Bullying is extremely emotive and sensitive, so an essay will have to be very careful about how it approaches the topic. Depending on the essay title, you may want to start with a brief introduction of what constitutes bullying, and how it is very much subjective - a child may feel bullied if they are called a name, while others see that as a rite of passage of childhood, rather than being bullied. However in an essay you should never be dismissive of people's emotions; the reader of the essay may be a sensitive person, who has felt vulnerable themselves - if you are dismissive of their pain, then you will not have written an effective essay.

All effective essays will have a strong conclusion, but never underestimate the importance of a good introduction. At school you will be told that your conclusion is where your focus needs to be, but in fact it's the introduction that will engage the reader and will them into reading the rest of the essay.

As we live in the technological century, cyber-bullying has become increasingly common among youths. Social media such as Facebook and Twitter have led to an increase in people who feel that they are being bullied online. Whereas the internet used to be a medium of escapism from the real world, it seems that nowadays bullying extends into the online world just as much as it does the real world. This is a common area for essay discussion, as you can compare the types of bullying and how bullying manifests itself in today's society.

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