Bullying can be defined as repeated and systematic harassment, involving the abuse of power and includes doing or saying something to intentionally hurt someone else. 

Bullies can work on their own or in a pack and their victims may experience significant psychological harm which interferes with their social, academic and emotional development. 

Sadly,statistics show that bullying is wide spread. Typically, children do not posses the ability to resolve bullying on their own, therefore adult intervention is essential. 

Bullying is problematic because many victims are reluctant to seek help, and parents and teachers sometimes fail to recognize a bullying scenario. Timely intervention can help both the victim and the bully to break the pattern.

Why Do People Bully?

  • They are insecure
  • Peer pressure / To gain social status
  • They are looking for attention
  • Learned behaviour from home
  • Their behaviour is a reflection of their own personal problems
  • To generate a feeling of “control”

Types of Bullying 

Usually involves name calling, incessant mocking, and laughing at a person’s expense.

Pushing, kicking, punching, and throwing.

When technology is used such as: Email, instant messaging, chat rooms and cell phones to target victims.

Silent treatment, rumor spreading, social isolation, exclusion, manipulation of friendships.

Sexually abusive or inappropriate comments, unwanted physical contact.

Racial slurs, offensive gestures, or making jokes about cultural tradition.

Bullying and the Law

  • Assault
  • Harassment
  • Extortion
  • Threatening
  • Intimidation

Signs That Someone You Know Is Being Bullied

Bullying can lead to serious consequences and victims may suffer physical or mental harm. Parents in particular, should pay attention to signs or hints that their child is being victimized.

  • Possible signs may include:
  • Unhappy or frightened
  • Feeling unsafe
  • Loss of confidence
  • Reluctance to go to school
  • Declining grades
  • Embarrassment
  • Broken spirit
  • Shyness
  • Stomach-aches
  • Headaches
  • Being exhausted
  • Nightmares
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Sleeping too much
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Feeling of loneliness
  • Panic attacks
  • Thoughts of suicide or violent behaviour 

Reporting A Bully

It is important that whether you are a victim or bystander, you report bullying behaviour.

Report to:

  • Someone you trust
  • Your Principal
  • Your Teacher
  • Your Parents/Guardian
  • The Police

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