What is bullying?
Bullying in all its forms is basically an abuse of power, by someone who is stronger than the victim either physically, verbally, mentally, socially, electronically, politically or financially. The perpetrator aims their abuse towards victims who can’t block their games and cruel behaviours.
Bullying can cause physical, psychological, social and identity injuries. It can affect studies, career, relationships and financial wellbeing. It can cause severe Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, lasting many years.
Often 'perceived' differences related to culture, sex, sexuality, physical or mental ability or disability, religion, body size and physical appearance, age, cultural or economic background or being new to a school, work place, to a country, to a social group, or being new to a sports team can be the impetus for a bully to seek out their victim.
What are the types of bullying?
- Verbal bullying - such as name calling or put downs, threats, teasing, including sexual harassment and innuendo (it might also be extended to written form through email or sms).
- Physical bullying - being punched, tripped, kicked or having your belongings stolen or damaged. It might also include sexual abuse. Social bullying - being left out, ignored or having rumours spread about you.
- Psychological bullying - you are given dirty looks or stalked, often less obvious or direct than other forms of bullying or making you feel intimidated or manipulated.
- Professional - interference with work requirements
- Cyber Bullying - internet based
- Subtle - Whispers, stares, malicious gossip
Being the victim of bullying can lower your self-esteem and you may feel alone, sad, depressed, angry, scared or confused.
If you are being bullied it is not your fault and there is nothing wrong with you.
Don't be afraid to let someone know that you are being bullied as they may be able to help you.