Clicks vs. Cliques

CLicks vs. Cliques-This is an entry on cliques in schools. I want to raise awarness on the topic of self harm, suicide, bullying, and cliques in schools.


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Cliques can isolate people from a group or a discussion, which turns into bullying. One of the most common examples is the “popular” girls isolating the “weird” girls. Bullying comes in many forms. One form of bullying is cyber bullying. A cyber bully sends harsh messages online. This form of bullying can also be anonymous, which means the bully most likely won’t get caught. “Over half of adolescents and teens have been bullied online, and about the same number have engaged in cyberbullying” –Dr. Cerullo. 1 in 3 teens have received cyber bullying threats online. If this ratio were to be applied to your class that means that about 6-7 people would be experiencing cyber bullying. Get this, only 1 in 10 victims tell their parents. That means, out of that seven, 1 or none of them would have told anyone about it and would be struggling on their own.

In addition to many forms of bullying, kids, about 85% of them girls, self-harm. Self-harm is not an attempt at suicide, but a way of cutting, burning, and hurting themselves to cope with pain. Most of the girls that self-harm think that they are not good enough or pretty enough, so they cut and burn themselves to deal with their pain. “Frequent victimization by peers increased the risk of self-harm.”- King's College London study. The Boystown National Hotline says that 85% of all callers are female. Also, 67% of all of the callers are females who are 18 or younger. These girls are purposely hurting themselves because of being isolated from that lunch table.

Finally, socially isolating people in cliques is bad because suicide is an effect. Because people can be bullied, they go through hard times and decide to commit suicide.  “Humans have a fundamental need to belong. Just as we have needs for food and water, we also have needs for positive and lasting relationships,” says C. Nathan DeWall, PhD, a psychologist at the University of Kentucky. “This need is deeply rooted in our evolutionary history and has all sorts of consequences for modern psychological processes.” Teens have a need in school to fit in and belong in cliques and other groups. When they cannot they turn to suicide as a second resort. In 2005 there were 714 girls between the ages of 15 and 24 that committed suicide. They had their whole lives ahead of them, but bullies had to cut it short.

All in all, cliques contribute to bullying, self-harm, and suicide because of the feeling of un-acceptance and not being wanted. Cliques can be good too. They can allow friends to connect with one another and have a safe haven to go to when trouble arises. In addition, you can have a close nit group to fall back on. But always remember the effects of cliques and don’t be the “mean girl.”

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