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Stinson 110 October 2012Exploratory ResearchMy topic for the exploratory research paper is bullying. Bullying, in my opinion, has become a major issue in American society. I chose this topic because I wanted to learn more about the cause, prevention, and different types of bullying. When discussing bullying, I realized there are only things I seem to think I “know” or believe”, but not know for sure. I am interested in learning more about bullying and even how I could help prevent it in my community. I am also interested in finding out how bullying has evolved throughout the years.When we were given this topic I was not really sure what I wanted to write about. There were not many issues in the community right now that I found interesting and wanted to research. About a week after being told the assignment I came upon the issue of bullying. I knew it was a problem but I did not know all of the facts about it and why itwas becoming so common that there were even news stories about it. I started my research by searching bullying on the Internet and then the Xavier library. It turns out there are a ton of articles, books, and websites about bullying. I then decided this would be my topic. Through my research I was hopping that I would learn more about bullying and the reasons why it happens. For what I “know” or “believe” about bullying might seem miniscule but from talking to others I seem to “know” more than what other people did or seem to know. Onething about bullying that is making it more general is the use of social media websites, such as Facebook and Twitter. Not only through those types of technology but also through text messages and e-mails. The people bullying others believe they are tough but
[Type text][Type text][Type text]in reality they are bullying behind a computer screen or cell phone because they couldn’t bare to say the horrible words and names they call the people being bullied to their faces. This type of bullying is known as cyber bullying. The major issue with cyber bullying is that no one really knows how to stop it because access to social media sites is extremely easy. Another horrible result of being bullied is suicide. I have seen stories on the news about teenagers committing suicide because they thought that was the only way to escapebeing bullied. I do not understand how some people can think bullying is a joke when those being bullied are killing themselves. Bullying, in my opinion, is an extremely serious matter. For my sources, I first went to the library to find as many books about bullying as I could. I found five books that have good examples, facts, and stories discussing bullying. I also found two of my sources on the Internet.