Should Bullying Be A Criminal Offense

should bullying be a criminal offenseBullying is one of the worst, and often times become the worst, thing that can happen to a child. In the old days, bullying was just limited to school but now, with modern technology, bullying can happen almost anywhere, which includes on the Internet on sites such as Facebook and on mobile phones through Skype and text messages.

As many adults will tell you, when they were a child and bullied at school it stopped when they got home.  Now, unfortunately, when a child is bullied they are not safe anywhere because the bullies have modern technology to hide behind and continue their appalling campaign.

All around the world and not just in America, bullying has increased.  With the rise in bullying sadly, it has turned to an increase in student suicides.  Countries such as the UK and America have reported a big increase in your people taking their own life due to being bullied and with one in three schoolchildren in America being bullied, parents are asking is enough being done?

It is estimated that a staggering 160,000 children avoid school each day in fear of being bullied at school, this means 160,000 children are not just missing out on education, those children are in fear of their lives.  35 percent of children are scared to go on the Internet because they have been threatened, showing how modern technology is being used by bullies to harass their victims.

In an ideal world, each child who is being bullied would report it, but according to reports, 64 percent of children who have been bullied do not report it and one in 10 students drop out of school through bullying.  This shows how serious bullying is in America and how alone children must feel.

With these shocking figures, Experts have been asking, is enough being done to combat bullying and should bullying of any shape or form being made a criminal offence with a custodial sentence.  Many parents of children who have been bullied, and adults who were bullied at school have said yes, however, some child experts have said more needs to be done to help people who have bullied children.

It may sound daft that some child experts are saying some bullies need to be helped, but according to these experts when someone becomes a bully there could be more to it. Some experts believe that when a child is bullying another child it could be to do with what is happening at home. This could be down to sexual abuse or physical abuse, and that is why some child experts believe that some bullies need treatment to get them back on track. However, a large portion of parents of children who have been bullied would like to see action taken again them, which includes a prison sentence.

With prisons in America already overcrowded, are the experts who believe children who have become bullies need help correct?  Are they right when they say there is more to being a bully than just wanting to cause another person harm, or are these people just do-gooders and do not understand the real problem.  Should the government look at building more juvenile detention centers  for young people or should they send children who have become bullies to military style boot camps?

With the number of children being bullied in America and with the increase in young children taking their own life, is it now time to take action and make bullying a criminal offence.  Should we listen to some experts and look into why a person becomes a bully and help them to change their ways and life?