Bullying is defined as “an intentional aggressive behaviour of an individual or a group towards another individual or a group involving an imbalance of power.”
Bullying is common among teenagers. As a teenager, you may face aggressive behaviours at school or outside places by an individual or a group who is trying to establish their power over you and bring you down.
You should be aware that bullying can be in various forms including:
Verbal bullying: This includes saying mean or foul things to bring down your self-confidence or image. Some of the verbal bullying acts can include:
- Calling you names
- Making inappropriate sexual comments
- Provoking you with words
- Verbally threatening you of harm
Physical bullying: The offender tries to dominate you physically. Some of the physical bullying acts may include:
- Hitting or Punching
- Making rude gestures
- Taking away or breaking your things
Social/Emotional Bullying: Here, the person tries to hurt your reputation or relationships and tries to make you feel isolated and alone. Some of the acts of social bullying may include:
- Spreading rumours about you
- Asking other people not to be friends with you
- Embarrassing you in front of others
- Leaving you out of certain activities on purpose
- Getting others to ostracise you
Cyber Bullying: You may also become a victim of bullying on online (through emails), instant messaging, cell phone text messages (SMS), social networks, where others try to humiliate or embarrass you.
How common is Bullying?
In countries such as the U.S, about 30% of teenagers have reported involvement in bullying, either as a victim or as a bully.
In India, some surveys have indicated that one in every third child is bullied at school.
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- Anti-Defamation League. 10 Ways to Respond to Bullying. Accessed at http://www.adl.org/assets/pdf/education-outreach/10-Ways-to-Respond-to-Bullying.pdf on 6 Oct 2016
- U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Effects of Bullying. Accessed at https://www.stopbullying.gov/at-risk/effects/ on 7 Oct 2016
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