Saturday, August 15, 2015

Stop Bullying - Bullying is wrong!


Bullying is wrong and even in today’s world we are still hearing of severe and fatal cases of bullying that simply should not have occurred.

Bullying myths and facts

There are many myths surrounding bullying issues and some of these myths can often trivialize bullying and suggest the bullied individual is making a big deal out of nothing when actually that is not the case.
This can undermine how a person feels if they are being bullied. Bullying should not be tolerated in any form. We believe it is important to address bullying whether it is in a workplace, school or in the community so that the message is clear that bullying is unacceptable.

The myths and facts below can be a great discussion point to raise awareness of bullying with children and young people.


Myth: Bullying is a normal part of childhood
and you should just ignore it


Fact: Bullying is not "normal" or acceptable in any form and ignoring might not always make it stop. If you can, please confide in someone you trust such as a parent or teacher to help you get it stopped. Bullying can knock your self-esteem and confidence.

Myth: It is ok to hit someone who is bullying you, it will stop it

Fact: It’s understandable that you may be angry but if you were to get violent or aggressive it may make matters much worse as you may get into trouble too.

Myth: Bullies are born this way, it’s in their genes

Fact: Bullies often adopt this behavior from their environment or sometimes, it’s a reaction from them being bullied by others. Whatever the case, it is not right.

Myth: Bullying only happens in schools

Fact: This is not the case at all, bullying can happen to anyone at any place. It may be out of school, at university or even college. It can happen when you are out with mates or on the way to or from school.

Myth: You can spot a bully from the way they look and act

Fact: There is no such thing as a way a bully looks or acts. There is no specific dress code or behavior code.

Myth: Online bullying is just banter and harmless

Fact: People being bullied online is a very serious issue, the bullying can go viral very quickly and make the problem escalate quickly. It is important to take a screenshot of any conversations, messages or posts that you feel are bullying so that you have a record.

Myth: Cyber bullying doesn't involve physical harm
so what's the harm?


Fact: Actually, some people have committed suicide as a result of not seeing any way out of the non-stop harassment, threats and abuses. The emotional scarring stays for a lot longer and sometimes a person will never get over this. Some websites allow people to post anonymously which can mean it is very hard to stop this abuse.

Myth: Cyber bullying can only affect someone if they are online and have an account too

Fact: This is not true, we often hear of pages and fake accounts being created without person’s permission or knowledge. This sort of cyber bullying is on the increase and just as serious as any other form of bullying.

Myth: It's not bullying if someone deletes the comment or post

Fact: Regardless of hitting delete, once something is posted online is gets its own unique URL which means that it can stay on cyberspace even if you hit delete.


Myth: If bullying is so bad, why don't they have laws about it?

Fact: Some forms of bullying are illegal and should be reported to the police including violence or assault, theft, repeated harassment or intimidation, e.g. Threats and abusive phone calls, emails or text messages and hate crimes.

Myth: Reporting a bully will make things worse

Fact: You may worry that reporting a bully might make the bullying escalate or they feel they are not believed. It is important to confide in someone you trust so that you can have some help in getting the necessary support to get this stopped.

Myth: It is easy to spot the signs of bullying

Fact: It is not always easy to identify the signs of bullying as it is not always physical and obvious. Emotional, verbal and online bullying can often leave scars that people don’t see.

Myth: Children grow out of bullying

Fact: Quite often children who bully may grow up to be adults who bully or use negative behavior to get what they want, unless there has been intervention and their behavior challenged by the relevant authorities, whether it be school or parents, etc.
If you found this article useful or you are against bullying, please share.


Source Reference - http://www.bullying.co.uk
Further Reference at - http://www.beatbullying.org

6 comments:

Fay B. Bolton said...

This is Great! I went ahead and shared your post on the BoBully Foundation FB page. Thanks!

Marion said...

My son has been bullied for a year school is not interested and police laughed in my face who can we turn too I'm scared for my son's state of mind,he has already tried to hang himself over bullying

Leah Davies said...

Marion, your son needs help. You local mental health center could be contacted for counseling. No child should have to experience being bullied.

I think the myths in this article have been protrayed well.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

I'm 57 years old and having watched a "friend" of mine bully a girl in gym class because of her weight, and not doing anything about it has haunted me my whole life! This was in high school! And the bullying was brutal. But I was too cowardly to say anything. I'm sorry Lori bunis for not coming to your defense. ��

Anonymous said...

Bullying ...............is the worst thing when you are a child, and it can continue, the feelings stay with you...........the memories. Bullies will always be out there sadly.....