What is bullying and how to deal with it
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Why Bullying is bad

What is Bullying?

Though there’s no comprehensible definition of bullying. Commonly, bullying is a type of repeated behavior which is intended to hurt someone either emotionally or physically on the basis of one’s disability, appearance, race, religion or sexual orientation.
There is a new form of bullying which has surfaced in recent years; it is called cyber bullying. Cyber bullying is performed online on social media, i.e. instant messaging apps, networking sites or by email.

Types of bullying

  • Physical assault – this includes physical abuse, beating, punching, pushing or similar assaults causing damage to human and/or property
  • Verbal abuse – this type of bullying consists of threatening, name calling, teasing, or displaying offensive messages aimed to harm someone
  • Covert bullying - this is also known as social bullying. This type of bullying is more difficult to spot and includes spreading rumors, creating and displaying social discrimination based on race/religion, sexual harassments, display of aggressive behavior meaning to ridicule someone’s sexual orientation etc.
  • Cyber bullying – as we explained before, cyber bullying is done digitally. It often includes posting something abusive on social media channels, spreading rumors through text messaging networks, secretly trying to spoil someone’s reputation by publishing misleading content online etc.

There are many different types of bullying that can be faced by children and the adults alike. A few of the bullying types are easier to spot while the rest are subtler. Here is a list of common types of bullying:

Bullying and children

Bullying is an international menace especially in schools across the world. Intentional tormenting in physical, verbal, or psychological ways can leave a permanent scar in a child’s mind and can proved to be extremely damaging for the victim as well as for his/her family.

Many a time, kids are teased by friends or even siblings but it's not usually damaging if done in a lighthearted and friendly manner. But when teasing becomes insistent and severe it crosses the line and turns into bullying.

Why should we stop bullying?

The victims of bullying get severely affected, sometimes, for life. People especially children who face bullying often suffer from depression, anxiety attacks, loneliness or insecurity. Children would be afraid to go to school and often become isolated from social gatherings if they are exposed to prolonged bullying. Many a time, victims of bullying find it difficult to open up about their sufferings and tend to withdraw themselves from usual activities.

It is important that we collectively understand that bullying someone is not cool and knowingly or unknowingly we may push someone toward severe psychological or physical disorder by bullying them.

How to deal with bullying

Most commonly, bullying is difficult to identify unless your child talks to you about it or you see obvious signs of it such as bruises or injuries. Therefore, it’s important that you talk to your child more than often and try to make them feel comfortable to reveal their hidden stories. There are some signs as well; if you find your kid acting differently or looking panicky for no apparent reason, smell a problem and probe further.

If your child opens us about a bullying incident, listen without reacting at once and offer unconditional support. Make them feel safe in your company and gradually try to make them understand that being bullied is not shameful or embarrassing at all.

If you are the one who is being bullied at the workplace or somewhere else, involve a friend or a family member, who you think care for you. If you don’t have anyone to share your sufferings with or you don’t want to make your parents worried by letting them know about it, you can always turn to a professional; consider meeting a therapist for help and assurance.

Lastly, if you spot someone being bullied around you; don’t ignore. You may save a life if you act with responsibility. Immediately report such incidents to the authorities and help the victim out of the misery.

Authored: 9amstories editorial

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