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What is Bullying?

Bullying has gotten out of control. There have been many cases where people commit suicide just because they are being bullied. They feel isolated, alone, like nobody wanted them as a friend. We need to help stop bullying. But first we need to know, what bullying is. Did you know that 3.2 million students are victims of bullying every year? 1 in 4 teachers see nothing wrong in bullying. A lot of bullying happens in school or at a work place. Approximately 160, 000 teens skip school every day because of bullying.

Bullying is an unwanted, very aggressive behaviour that can happen with any age at any time. It is very common for teens and tweens. Usually when bullying occurs, there is an imbalance of power, and there is repitition, it is more likely to happen more than once. Bullying can include actions such as making threats, spreading rumours, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.

Why do People Bully?

People bully so that they feel better about themselves. They feel like they want to get more attention, even though they have low- self esteem. They want to feel like they have more power than the person being bullied. The bullies might have been bullied themselves in the past, so they want to forget it by making somebodies else life horrible.

But what they don't know is that bullying has a major impact on health. It has a long term affect on victims of bullying. The bully remarks stay with them forever, you can not just ruin someone's life and get away with it! When people are bullied they change, that is why they need support. They can engage in risky behaviour and usually people involved in bullying have a very poor educational attainment.

How do People Feel When they Get Bullied?

There are many signs to find out if someone is being bullied. They want to feel isolated, they will withdrawal themselves from everybody they love such as their friends and family, they might want to be left alone, not participate in different activities, they get very stressed and maybe sick. People feel very bad, they feel like there is no point in life and that is why suicide sometimes seems like the right answer to end their misery.

A person who is being bullied might not want to talk about their social life. This is sometimes because they are threatened or they are just afraid that the bully would just keep bullying them even worst than the last time. In the case of cyber bullying sometimes kids are too embarrassed to talk about their problems and they might also be afraid that their parents might take their device away.

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What Can You Do to Help?

You can do many things to help people who are being bullied. You can tell them to go see a specialist if it is spiralling out of control. You can treat people with respect, stand up for people who are being bullied, if you see someone isolated try and go talk to them and be their friend. If you witnessed some type of bullying, go tell an adult or your parents. There are many ways we can end bullying together.

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