What is Bullying?

Bullying is when someone keeps doing or saying things to have power and control over another person. Some bullies operate by saying hurtful things about other people. Bullying can also include leaving certain people out of activities, not talking or completely ignoring them, threatening them, making someone intentionally feel uncomfortable or scared, taking or damaging other peoples objects and belongings, hitting or kicking someone else or making someone do things that they don’t want to do. Also thanks to the technology we have these days people are now able to bullied over the internet this is called Cyber bullying.

Signs and symptoms If someone is being bullied;

*Unexplained bruises or cuts.

*Clothing appears to be torn or damaged.

*Possessions appear to be torn or damaged.

*Don’t want to talk about their day or school.

*Reluctance and refusal to go to school.

*Noticeable changes in school grades.

*Suddenly asking if they can switch schools or changing where they live.

*Suddenly scared about taking the bus and also wanting rides to and from school.

*Frequent visits to the school nurse.

*Change in sleep patterns, either having trouble sleeping or sleeping too much.

*Much more harder on themselves eg “I am so so ugly”. or “no one likes me” etc

*Drastic mood changes

*Becoming withdrawn.

*Looking sad or depressed

*Often crying.

*Look anxious all the time.

*Being irritable and over-sensitive.

*Sudden weight loss or weight gain.

*Becoming obsessed with their appearance or the opposite neglecting personal hygiene, wearing baggy clothing etc.

What can cause someone to be a bully?

There is a lot of reasons why someone can turn into a bully. The person may see it as a way to look popular or they bully people because it makes them look tougher than really are, as well as being  in charge and in control  of others. Other people turn into bullies when they want to get  attention or just to make people feel afraid and intimidated of them. One of the most common reasons why people bully others is because they are actually jealous of the person that they are bullying, or perhaps the bully is also being bullied  themselves so they take their frustration out on others. Other people who are bullies don’t realise how damaging their behaviour is and how it makes the person being bullied feel.

What can you do to help someone who is being bullied?

If you know someone who is being bullied, they best thing that you can do is to tell an adult that you trust either a parent, teacher, etc. It is important that the person who is being bullied does something about it because otherwise if they  don’t  the bully will think that what they are doing is okay and they will continue bullying the other person if they aren’t stopped straight away. Bullies usually target people who are left alone so make an effort to also make sure that the person being bullied is not left, get you and your friends to hang out with them. If you friend is being physically bullied is it really important that you keep your own safety in mind too.

What can you do if you are being bullied? 

• Tell your parents or other trusted adults. They can help stop the bullying.

• If you are bullied at school, tell your teacher,school counsellor, or principal.

• Don’t fight back. Don’t try to bully those who
bully you.

• Try not to show anger or fear. Students who bully
like to see that they can upset you.

• Calmly tell the student to stop…or say nothing
and then walk away.

• Use humour, if you can.

• Try to avoid situations in which bullying is likely
to happen.



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