There are major differences between hazing and bullying. However, both have one shared feature, they are both unkind acts of cruelty towards another human being.
London, UK (PRWEB) August 18, 2014
Hazing has become an important topic over the past decade or so. Older parents, though, might reflect on their own college time and remember how hazing used to be a normal everyday routine that has little or no consequences. NoBullying releases today an article about hazing and its effects.
Hazing stories usually involve teens and youth doing certain activities as a rite of passage to become part of a fraternity or an elite group.
The act of hazing may not have always been such a serious topic. Most organizations that give new pledges a hard time might be trying to make new members “pay dues” or simply become acclimated and familiar with a hierarchy. But the definition of hazing has since changed dramatically.
Hazing has become a borderline inhumane practice that is far too similar to actual bullying. There have been many examples where hazing that was considered harmless has resulted in terrible outcomes such has injury or even death.
A more generalized definition of hazing is “any humiliating or dangerous activity expected of a student to belong to a group, regardless of their willingness to participate.”
What makes hazing a complex issue is that it’s often interchanged with bullying, however, there are differences between hazing and group bullying or gang bullying, they are similar in the fact that both rely on the power of peer pressure.
The difference between hazing and bullying is subtle, which is why they’re often used interchangeably. The same power dynamics are involved. The same intimidation tactics are used. The same second-class citizenship issues arise. The only real difference between hazing and bullying is that bullying usually involves singling out an individual at any time and bullying them as a means to exclude them. Hazing, on the other hand, involves including people by having them “earn” their way into a group or onto a team. Bullying is about exclusion. Hazing is about inclusion.
NoBullying is releasing a series of articles examining hazing in the months of August and September as hazing involves the same cruel acts as bullying only with less legal consequences, sadly.
Ciaran Connolly, Co-Founder of NoBullying.com, said, “Yes, there are major differences between hazing and bullying. However, both have one shared feature, they are both unkind acts of cruelty towards another human being for stupid illogical reasons. Hazing needs to be criminalized and stopped.”
He added that parents and teachers should make a point to educate the younger generations about the sad outcome of bullying online and offline. According to Connolly, it is quite imperative to press for more firm laws condemning all acts of bullying and harassment.
NoBullying.com features many pages dedicated to parents, teens, teachers, health professionals as well as posts related to cyber safety and the latest news about law making concerning curbing Bullying worldwide as well as inspirational Bullying Poems and famous Bullying Quotes.
The website regularly updates its bullying statistics and cyber bullying statistics as it is essential to understand how widespread the bullying epidemic is. It also regularly runs cyber bullying surveys and questionnaires to get recent updated statistics on everything related to cyberbullying.
He also added that anyone suffering from bullying in any form or way can always find advice and help on the NoBullying website – but if anyone is suffering from severe bullying or cyber bullying, the best thing is to talk to someone locally – a parent, teacher or local organization that has been set up to help with specialized councilors to deal with this topic.