Bullying: The Fight for Rights

By: Julia and Julia

What is Bullying?

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among children or adults that involves an imbalance in power. Sometimes the bullying behaviour is repeated over and over again.

Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumours, hurting someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose. Bullying is an imbalance of power.

For example: John likes wearing overalls and kids talk behind his back and tease him because of this. John is being bullied.

Why is bullying wrong?

Bullying can put a person in constant fear. These people may start seeing their grades plummet or their health suffering. Studies show that people who are bullied can get mental health problems, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety and many other bad things that people should not be dealing with.

Who can be involved in bullying?

Bullying can happen anywhere at anytime to anyone. Kids at school get bullied as well as adults at the workplace. The 4 different people involved in bullying are the bully, the target, the bystander and the helper. The bully is the person that is picking on or harming the target. The target is the person being bullied. The bystander(s) is the person who is friends with the bully so they themselves are not picked on or bullied by that person. The bystander does not do anything to stop the bullying. Finally, the helper(s) is the target's true friend and helps stand up against the bully.

What are the different types of bullying?

The different types of bullying are:

- Verbal Bullying- Teasing, name-calling, taunting, threatening to cause them harm.

- Social Bullying- Leaving someone out of a group or conversion on purpose, telling other peers not to be friends with that person, spreading rumours and saying mean or rude remarks or making rude hand gestures.

- Physical Bullying- Hitting, kicking, pinching, pushing, spitting, tripping, punching and breaking personal belongings.

- Cyber Bullying- Can be used in different medias like apps, texting, etc.

Kids use the internet to bully because they hide behind things and don't need to talk face to face. It's also easier to bully on the web because rumours and inappropriate behaviour can travel faster and get to other people quicker.

Why is being a bully bad?

Being a bully is wrong and not the right and mature thing to do. People who are bully’s learn from that aggression and use it when they are adults. Aproximatley 1 in 10 children have bullied others and as many as 25% of children in grades 4-6 have been bullied. Bullying can cause emotional or behavioural changes that may lead to problems at home.

How Can we stop Bullying?

We can stop bullying by:

- Walking with the target in unobserved areas

- You can talk or leave a note in the bully’s locker explaining how you feel

- Joining an anti-violence program or make up your own at school

- Ignore the bully and walk away

- Hold the anger

- Don’t get physical

- Practice confidence

- Take charge of your life

- Talk about it

- Find your true friends

If you are the target (person who is being picked on or bullied) and you think the bullying will start to lead into physical violence, don’t be alone. Always be with a friend or a group of friends. Walk to school together, eat together at lunch, etc., especially when the bullying is taking place.

McGruff - Anti-Bullying Film