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Don't get me started on... Bullying

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The lack of understanding towards the concequences of bullying. Suicide. It's a touchy subject isn't it? But it happens; it's a fact of life. Did you know that every 90 minutes, somewhere in the world, a teenager takes their own life? There are over 5000 teenage suicides every year. Half of those, that's around 2,500 lives, are taken not due to family issues, not due to depression or abuse, not due to pressure at school, but due to bullying. There are various types of it, but most have three things in common; it is deliberately hurtful behaviour, it is typically repeated over time and often there is an imbalance of power, which makes it hard for those being bullied to defend themselves. There is a certain type of bullying which is becoming more of a social problem; cyber bullying. Cyber bullying is the act of causing harm to others using digital media like email, mobile phones, social networking sites, and the general internet. This is one of the most common forms of Internet abuse because of its supposed anonymity and instant power. Users say and do things they would never do in public or real life. ...read more.

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It's almost like having your identity completely stripped from you. Bullies make people feel tiny. They make people feel anxious, scared, terrified, all of the time. They make people become afraid of what's coming next. Imagine waking up in the morning, with a feeling of dread in the pit of your stomach, not wanting to see what's on Facebook, what's being said about you, not wanting to look at your phone, and what's being sent to you. Imagine just laying there in your very own bed thinking that the world hates you and you don't belong there, imagine what that must feel like, just imagine that for a moment. Many of you here today have probably already celebrated your 16th birthday, but one young girl, Natasha MacBryde, didn't get that chance. Natasha was a beautiful girl, with a supportive, caring family and a close group of friends; she had everything a teenage girl could have wanted. Natasha had a good life, up until February of 2011. One day she came home upset, crying to her parents about how she felt alone at school, but within a few days she was back on her feet and back to her usual self, right up until the night of February 13th. ...read more.

Conclusion

She must have felt unloved, hated and so isolated. This is not acceptable and it needs to change. We need to fight this problem together, we need to change what's happening and we need to change this today. As a whole we can end cyber bullying, we can bring it to a halt once and for all. Attitudes need to change and we need to think, and act together as one. Only you can change today's problems, as long as you act upon it, you can make a difference. Start today, start now. Think before that text is sent, think before that rumour is spread, think before that laugh is had, at somebody else's expense, think before you go online. Just stop and think. Consider others; consider other's feelings and wellbeing. At the end of the day, we're all the same, we're all human and we all deserve the same things in life. We all deserve happiness. Let's make that happen. Let's stop teenage suicides that are due to bullying. Let's treat others how we wish to be treated, and let's make a difference, and let's do that today. "Be the change you want to see in the world" - Ghandi. ...read more.

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An excellent piece of persuasive writing which uses rhetorical devices such as questions, imperatives, listing, tripling and real case scenarios to create a powerful essay.
Well planned and uses varied syntax, repetition and use of direct pronouns to convey the message.
Also includes personal opinion.

Marked by teacher Katie Dixon 29/04/2012

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