Bullies often target people because of their own insecurities or as a means to gain power and control.
What is bullying?
Teenage bullying is a very real problem and it isn’t always physical. There are many different types of bullying, including verbal and emotional bullying. These types of bullying can still have a large impact on a teen and bring them down. Additionally, with the Internet being a huge part of many teen lives, cyber bullying is becoming an issue.
What can I do?
If you are being bullied, the best thing to do is tell a parent or teacher, especially if you think the situation may escalate to violence. Ignore the bully and try to avoid being alone by sticking close to friends or classmates, especially since bullies tend to target people who are by themselves. Visit stompoutbullying.org for more information on bullying.
If you see someone being bullied, offer them support and speak up if you hear others bullying him or her. Talk to an adult about the situation who can help the person being bullied. You can also anonymously report abuse to Secret Witness.
Types of Bullying:
Bullying has no boundaries, meaning it happens through the use of technology too. This includes mean and aggressive texts, tweets, posts, or other forms of social media communication. Many social media sites let you manage who you interact with by keeping accounts private.
This usually includes kicking, punching, and other physically harmful activities, designed to instill fear in the one bullied, and possibly coerce him or her to do something.
Some bullies use demeaning language to tear down another’s self-image. Bullies who use verbal techniques excessively tease others, say belittling things, and use a great deal of sarcasm with the intent to hurt the other person’s feelings.
Bullies try to make someone else to feel excluded from a group, isolated, alone, and depressed.